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6 Reasons I won’t Call the USA a Christian Nation

I intentionally do not call America a Christian nation for the following reasons:

  1. It minimizes what the USA actually stands for which is freedom for all religions. The USA stands for freedom for all people and all religions. If all religions are welcome, why single out one and claim it as the nation’s religion? If I want the freedom to worship as I see fit,  I need to be willing to let you worship as you see fit and not declare one religion prefered over the other by the government. It makes us sound arrogant –as if only Christians have a monopoly on what that USA stands for.

  2. Nations can’t get saved.  But aside from that,  it’s based on the false notion that our Founding Fathers were believers. Some of our Founding Fathers may have been believers, but how many of them do we actually believe had life-altering, profoundly impactful, dying-to-self faith in Christ alone? The majority of them were religious, but many of them were Freemasons which only has a passing resemblance to True Christianity and has its roots in Universalism. Universalism is the false believe that all roads lead to heaven. Jesus said that He was the only way to heaven. At best, our Founding Fathers espoused Pseudo-Christian ideas, which in some ways is even more dangerous than if the founders had been anti-Christianity or Satanists. At least if it had been blatantly against Christ, it would be less confusing. It would have been clear what they stood for. Remember what Christ said: if you’re not for Him, you’re against Him.

  3. It gives the impression that we think we’re more favored than other Christians in other countries. Do we think we have more of God’s favor than do believers in China, Kenya, Canada, or Britain?  If we’re the Christian nation, what makes us worthy that title?  What gives us the right to claim that over any other nation?  Do we honestly believe that we have more believers –true believers– per capita than any other country? That we have more of a Christian heritage than Germany where Luther lived? Or England where the Pilgrims came from? Or even Israel itself where our Lord walked and the church began? Do we that we have suffered more for Him and this somehow earned extra favor? No to all of these.

  4. It muddies the water between being a Christian and being an American. Over and over I have heard or read people say they were Christians because lived in America. People –even Christians– equate being a Christian with being American so much so that most Christians cannot distinguish between what is simply cultural expectations and what is actually Bible truth.  Christians will chase after political advancements believing that this is part of what their religion commands them to do when in fact neither Christ nor any of the Apostles were politically active (nor instructed us to be) even though many of the same issues existed in the Roman Empire as they do now (homosexuality and abortion being just two examples). Christians regularly engage unbelievers in debates (which is how we Americans deal with most everything) trying to berate someone into believing in Christ like you might try to persuade them that one store is superior to another.  It seems that we Christians as a group don’t understand that we should be winning them with our love.  What do people think of when they think of Christianity?  They think rule-following, judgemental people.  But you know what?  That’s American Christianism, not true Christianity.  Jesus said that true Christians would be known for their love for one another. Is that we are known for? No? Then we are doing it wrong.

  5. It encourages (or perhaps even stems from) the false teaching that America has replaced Israel as God’s people and that God has abandoned Israel. I call this a false teaching because that’s exactly what it is. God gave Israel unconditional promises which He has yet to fulfil. Regardless of how Israel behaved,  God does not break his promises. Ever.  So God couldn’t have abandoned Israel even if they have Him plenty of reason to do so because that’s not in His nature. America replacing Israel is  also a doctrine of the Mormon church. That alone should give true believers pause. Replacement theology has a whole heapload of problems and this is just the tip of the iceberg.  

  6. Because Christians are taught that America is a Christian nation, they believe that they shouldn’t be prosecuted here and that unbelievers should be  force, by way of anything from bullying to legislation, to behave like Christians even though they don’t actually have the power to live the Christian life because they don’t the indwelling Holy Spirit. We’ve gotten so spoiled living in a religiously safe place that we expect the world to cater to us and make this a safe place that’s warm and inviting to Christians. But that’s absolutely not guaranteed, nor do we have the biblical right to make such demands. Most people who claim the name of Christ would unfortunately quickly abandon Him if persecution existed in the USA. But, persecution would also strengthen our churches and bring many more true believers into the fold. It is for this reason I pray for persecution in America.  

 “If following Christ doesn’t cost you anything,  it’s because,you’ve bought into American Christianity.” -Paul Washer

There you have it. My six reason why I’ll not call America a Christian nation.


Sarah Forbes


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