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May,1997

Christian Nation: An Oxymoron? by Cliff Walker

Judge Roy Moore opens his court session each day with a Baptist prayer led by a Baptist minister -- with a copy of ten of the Jewish commandments in full view of the jury. After the court that oversees him ordered that he stop, Christians from all over the country hollered and wailed that "this is a Christian nation," and that we need to "return to our Christian roots."

Never mind the argument over which of the "Ten Commandments" are the real ones: the Protestant, the Catholic, or the Jewish version. Don't even talk about the fact that these religious laws order me to worship a particular deity -- above all other deities; above no deities at all. And we won't get into the discussion that these laws treat woman as both unclean (the wife is omitted from the holy Sabbath rest) and as a possession (being listed after the house in the list of things not to be coveted).

We don't need to remind anyone that Christianity gets its marching orders from the New Testament. Rather than trying to make this world a Christian paradise, the book of Colossians (3:1) says to "seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the Earth." Private faith: What a concept!

Jesus endorsed this thinking when he said, in John (18:36), "My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight ... but now is my kingdom not from hence." John 6:15 tells us that, "When Jesus perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone."

It seems that the Christian's home is somewhere else, not here on Earth. So how can there be any such thing as "a Christian nation" on Earth?

Simon Peter (1 Peter 1:17) calls Christians on Earth travellers, saying, "pass the time of your sojourning here in fear." Er, sojourning? as in visitors? What is he saying? Philippians 3:30 is very candid: "Our citizenship is in heaven."

What? You mean to tell me that you folks are just visiting? So why try to change our government when you are citizens of a different kingdom? Why don't you leave those decisions to the citizens, where they belong?

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Copyright ©1997 Cliff Walker; Portland, Oregon
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