By Michael E. Brooks
“And he has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:26-27 NKJV).
Today we once again celebrate Independence Day in the United States. Many give thanks to God for establishing, prospering and preserving this nation. Many prayers are also raised that God will continue to do so in the future. There is great apprehension about the destiny of our country with its resources and freedoms. Many threats exist. We ask God to preserve and protect us.
Is the description of the U.S. as a Christian Nation justified? Was it ever completely true? Is it even remotely true today?
In the sense that the majority of its citizens would identify more closely with Biblical (New Testament) teachings and Christian religious practices than any alternatives, then the answer is yes, to both questions.
If the question refers to actual faith and practice, then we must sadly conclude that our country as a whole is not Christian today, and possibly never has been.
However, there is another way of perceiving and expressing the relationship of our nation with God. We may not be able to claim that we are a Christian Nation in the truest sense. But we can certainly affirm that we are God’s Country (as indeed can all other nations).
God created “all nations of men.” God set their boundaries and predetermined their dates. The United States exists today because God has determined that it be so. We are his, and he is available to us to be our God.
Why do nations exist? “. . . So that they should seek the Lord” and “in order that they may find Him.” That many within our boundaries have strayed far from God is undeniable. However that does not mean that we cannot draw nearer to him again as a nation. And it certainly does not mean that each citizen may not be faithful.
May God always bless America!
By Michael E. Brooks