If we had asked the above question fifty years ago most people, with very rare exception, would answer a resounding, “Yes, of course!” Now days, however, the answer would depend on who you ask. This said, most Americans I know and know of would still affirm we are a “Christian” nation. What does this actually mean?
Psalm 33:12-19, along with many other Scriptures, describes what a God-honoring, Bible-believing nation is, especially verse 12: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…” In other words, God’s favor and blessing is bestowed on the nation who honors and follows the God of the Bible as their ultimate ruler. But what does this look like…exactly?
FIRST, A CHRISTIAN NATION RECOGNIZES THAT GOD’S LAW IN THE BIBLE IS SUPERIOR TO ANY MAN-MADE LAW.
Psalm 33:12 says we are blessed only as we allow God to be our “Lord” which in essence means “master” or “controller” of our lives.
George Washington said, “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and to humbly implore His protection and favor.” (October 3, 1789, Proclaiming a National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving).
Then, in 1821 Daniel Webster said, “If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper, but if we and our prosperity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury our glory in profound obscurity.”
SECOND, IN A CHRISTIAN NATION GODLY LIVING IS HONORED AND SIN IS ABHORRED.
The book of Proverbs nails this point from several different directions:
–>14:34 “God-devotion makes a country strong; God avoidance leaves a people weak.” (The Message Bible).
–>11:11 “Through the blessing of the upright a city (or nation!) is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.”
–>11:20 “The Lord detests men of perverse heart but He delights in those whose ways are blameless” (Think: living for God wholeheartedly).
Regardless of popular thinking today, tolerance toward what the Bible defines as sin does not equal love; it equals a curse that, if not dealt with, results in our destruction.
THIRD, A CHRISTIAN NATION PRACTICES THE FACT THAT TRUE FREEDOM HAS BIBLICAL GUIDANCE AND BOUNDARIES.
Think about this for just a moment. If a person is allowed to do anything and everything he or she wants to do, what “feels good” to them, regardless of the consequences then that person will eventually end up destroying him or herself and likely other people in the process. Once “freedom” is taken out of the context of God’s Word and love and respect for others, chaos reigns. True love declares, “I will do what is best for the other.” And, surprisingly, this includes our self! (See Mark 12:30-31)
FINALLY, A CHRISTIAN NATION PRAYS FOR ITS LEADERS REGULARLY BECAUSE HER PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THE ABSOLUTE POWER OF PRAYER.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 sums this up beautifully: “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
In other words, we are to pray for an orderly society where Jesus Christ is Lord, leaders rule righteously and people are giving their lives to Jesus Christ and living by the truth of God’s Word!
So how do you answer this question…and why?