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An Immoral Nation of Morals

Many people say that our nation is a “Christian” nation. That could not be further from the truth. There are Christians in the United States of America, yes, but there are also people of other faiths in our nation, as well. (There are also those who have no faith at all—fools, to use the Bible’s language; see Psalm 53:1.) In fact, judging by our country’s political policies (domestic, economic, and foreign) and by the rampant immorality that pervades our great nation, our nation is NOT, in fact, Christian. It is, by definition, secular. Think about Christmas. To Christians, it celebrates the birth of Christ (even though you and I both know that He may not have been born on December 25). To many Christians also and to all non-Christians alike, however, Christmas is a secular holiday. Santa Claus, or Chris Cringle, or Saint Nick, or whatever you want to call him, “comes down the chimney” on Christmas Eve and leaves presents for good girls and boys. (This in and of itself is a theological mishap—Jesus Himself says: “No one is good except God alone” [Mark 10:18].) People watch television specials about the “magic” of Christmas and how “magic” is real if only we believe in it. I enjoy those television specials as much as the next one—I’m particularly fond of “The Year Without a Santa Claus”—but the sheer fact that the celebration of our Lord’s birth (without which, He would not have died and risen the third day, by faith in which we are justified, according to Romans 4:24-25) has been overrun—yes, overrun—by secular traditions proves that our nation, as a whole, is not Christian.

If this seasonal argument for you is not proof enough, take a gander at Roe v. Wade, and look up the sheer number of unborn infants who are murdered in abortion procedures daily. Even that number will shock you! Or, you could pick any of the handful of states who have legalized homosexual “marriage.” I’m sure you can think of more depressing things to add to this list, and to not overdo this, I will move on in my argument.

There are also those who say our nation has been a “Christian” nation in times past; that we were founded on Christian principles. That, too, is (sadly) wrong. Yes, our nation was built on the truth of the dignity of human life. Yes, our nation was built on the equality of all people. Yes, the Declaration of Independence mentions the “Creator,” and yes, the Constitution gives us the right to worship (or not worship, in the atheists’ cases) how we choose. (Please note that this Constitutional right was not in the original Constitution; it is actually part of the First Amendment, which was not ratified until after the Constitution was the “supreme law of the land.”) As it is, our nation was not founded on Christian principles, but on moral principles. “Thou shall not steal” is not merely Judeo-Christian but also Buddhist, Confucian, Taoist, and (sometimes) Islamic. (Different interpretations of the Quran yield different interpretations of this tenant, and if I ever get to it, I will go into more detail on this, but that is a blog for another day.) Most importantly, our nation was not founded on the truth of the gospel but on the truth of the equality of mankind. And yes, there is a huge difference. If we as a nation had acknowledged the Lordship of Christ from the beginning, we would (more likely) be a “Christian” nation, but as it is, we have only been moral.

So, our nation has never been a truly “Christian” nation. But we have been moral in the past. Even though our country was not founded on particularly Christian values but on moral values, our nation has become an immoral nation of morals. Over the past century particularly, our nation’s morals have collapsed. Abortion is a legal reality; homosexuality is seen as normal as heterosexuality. Even heterosexual marriage is collapsing—the divorce rate has skyrocketed in the past fifty years!

What has caused this? Our government? No. Our Constitution? No. The unsaved masses? No. We have caused this. In America, we Christians have become complacent (and we have been for a long time). We became satisfied with our nation’s morality—all the while overlooking its spiritual death, which will only lead to destruction. What, then, can we do? Rather than looking at our nation’s problems as basically moral dilemmas, we should see our nation’s depravity for what it is—unrepented-of and unforgiven sin. The reality is that our nation is largely an un-Christian nation. The reality is our nation is blinded by “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4), Satan. Seeing our country as largely un-Christian, we now should move to evangelize our nation. Will this be easy? No. When we present the true gospel to the world, it will hate us. It will persecute us. It will oppose us with every bit of demonic power that possesses it. But Jesus has already “overcome the world” (John 16:33). But no matter what happens, we must faithfully evangelize our neighbors (both literal and figurative) for the glory of God and for the advancement of His kingdom. That is our calling in Christ Jesus:

For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly [which will happen to some degree when you proclaim the gospel]. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in His steps.”

We are to “follow in [Christ’s] steps.” What were Jesus’ steps; how did He live? Jesus lived proclaiming the kingdom of God, and so should we. We have been silent for too long, fellow Christians! Our moral nation is no longer moral; it is an immoral nation of morals. Americans are disillusioned with the Church; the title “Christian” does not carry the weight it once does, because we true Christians are silent and the false Christians have loudly spread their lies. It is time for us to speak the true Word of God in love louder than they yell their lies.

 

More related posts forthcoming.

 

And always remember: the gospel alone is the power of God unto salvation for all who believe (Romans 1:16). Morality saves no one. We must bring people to a state of hopelessness, for only when one is hopeless does one turn to God in faith. Only when one realizes that he can do nothing to earn his salvation can he realize that Christ earned his salvation for him on Calvary.

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