In a June 2007 June 28, 2006 speech, Barack Obama said that the U.S. is not a Christian nation any longer. In his speech, Obama proclaims, “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation. At least not just. We are also a Jewish nation, and a Muslim nation, and a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.” So, then, what are we really?
According to the Pew Research Center, http://pewforum.org, a poll of U.S. adults indicated that nearly 52% of respondents belong to Evangelical or Mainline Protestant Churches, Historically Black Churches or other unnamed Christian Churches. An additional 23.7% belong to Catholic Churches. Of the four denominations that Obama mentions, a full 3.4 % of respondants claim membership to either the Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist or Hindu Church. According to the poll, it wouldn’t seem that we are a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation or a Buddhist nation or a Hindu nation but rather a Christian nation.
We were founded as one nation under God. Our Pledge of Allegiance says so. (To those kids who aren’t sure of what that is since some of your schools no longer allow it, just google it.) Yet, many “Christians” don’t live as Christians, or Christ-Imitators. Many don’t believe in core Christian beliefs and teachings. Seventy percent of those polled believe that there are many religions that can lead to eternal life. Twenty-eight percent believe that the Bible was written by men and is not the Word of God and only fifty-eight percent pray on a daily basis.
Polls aside, one doesn’t have to look very hard to find someone who refuses to follow Christ based on what they’ve seen from other so-called Christians. Many “Christians” don’t love the Lord God with all their heart, soul and mind, nor do they love their neighbors as their self. Many don’t see Jesus Christ as the only way to obtain eternal life, the single most agreed upon tenant of the Christian faith. Many trust in their works and what they can do to earn God’s favor.
So while we are a “Christian” nation, I can almost believe Obama when he says we are no longer a Christian nation. Actions do speak louder than words. It doesn’t appear that we are the Christian nation that we were when the country was founded. Nor does it appear that we are the Christian nation that our parents once knew or, for that matter, that of which I knew as a child. So, what are we really? What are you really? Give it some thought, eat two cookies and call me in the morning.