Is America a Christian or secular nation?

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A lot of attention is being paid to what people are referring to as white nationalism, which is meant to be a negative connotation.

Then, to throw fire on the debate, people have starting adding religion — specifically Christianity — to the discussion.

Some equate nationalism with supremacy thinking that people who believe in America must also support the Ku Klux Klan. It’s kind of silly, really.

I am Caucasian and I believe the facts show the United States is the greatest country the world has ever produced. That must make me a white nationalist.

I’ll live with that.

Today, according to media, politicians and celebrities, a male Caucasian Christian American is deemed to be one of the most detestable people in the world. But that was not always the case.

Founded by Christians

I can defend the idea America was founded by Christians who, above all else, never imagined that Christianity would be as maligned as it is today or delegated to the sideline of debate.

I am certain our founders never imagined, in a country as free as the United States, that faith would be unwelcome in public discourse and excluded from anything run by the government.

After all, doesn’t the Constitution guarantee the freedom of religion so much so that the First Amendment actually prohibits laws limiting that expression?

I found this story in the National Catholic Register to be informative.

It’s a concise look at how examples of Christian principles or messages were embedded into American history or political life.

The Constitution offers choice

Yet, our founding documents do not dictate that people adhere to a belief in God. The Constitution makes it clear that people have the choice to accept it or not — just as God gives us the choice to accept or reject him.

Unlike with some other religions, nobody is compelled to adopt Christianity or face death. Nor should they be punished for such belief or punished for rejecting it.

That’s what genuine freedom is all about.

Sure, argue and debate your points in hopes of persuading others to adopt your point of view. But don’t threaten or coerce them into doing so. A coerced belief is the same as having no belief at all.

Some would argue that requiring children to recite the Pledge of Allegiance is tantamount to forcing a profession of faith by having to say two words — “under God.”

Give me a break.

The same pledge declares the United States to be “indivisible.” Look at us today, we are divided 50-50 on just about every issue.

That doesn’t make the word “indivisible” any less true than “under God.” Should “indivisible” be removed as well?

What do people think will happen when faithless people say “under God?” Will children and adults run screaming out of a building brainwashed into committing a random act of kindness?

However, some people find it offensive to even utter God’s name. He who gave people free will is okay with them exercising it as long as they are willing to endure the consequences.

Ample evidence

To deny America is a Christian nation is to deny fact and logic.

Many of our holidays coincide with the Christian calendar. Despite attempts to rename it “sparkle season,” our government offices and businesses are closed on Christmas. The same with Good Friday and Easter.

President George Washington declared the 26th day of November to be “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

In proclaiming a National Thanksgiving Day in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln said, “No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.”

Our history is filled with examples of God’s mercy and power in establishing the United States, and using this country as a tool to bring freedom and end repression around the world. Not to mention delivering health advances, education, technology, food and other material goods to people who would likely never have enjoyed them.

How the United States responds after defeating an enemy in war — by rebuilding the conquered nation — demonstrates that we put into practice the command to love our enemies.

The United States is not perfect, and neither is the church. Every person and every institution on earth has made mistakes for which they should be ashamed.

But the facts remain. America was founded by Christians to be a Christian nation espousing Christian views — and giving people the right to reject it all, if they want to.

Don’t ever say that Christians do not deserve a place in the public square or in public debate. Your views may be just as offensive to Christians as theirs are to you.

Yet, you still have a right to disagree without being banished from the marketplace, sued into silence or compelled to reject strongly-held beliefs.

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Greg Gerber

A native of Wisconsin who moved to Arizona in 2009, Greg Gerber is a DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three grown daughters. He worked as a journalist for many years before pursuing a career as a faith-based writer, author, coach and speaker. Greg is the author of Pornocide: How Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life.

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