Is America a Christian Nation?

Never has there been a Christian nation. Yes, you read that right. A common idea espoused by well-meaning American Christians, it’s time that this idea falls into the shadows of a bygone fantasy. A wake up call is needed. Merely building a nation’s governmental value system upon so-called Judaeo-Christian beliefs never forged a Christian nation as much as hanging the 10 commandments in a court room caused criminals to like Moses.

The Christian expression of faith isn’t built upon the idea of national conquest enacted by believers themselves. This idea is precisely one of the key factors that laid the stumbling stone of offense at the feet of the first century Jew. There was great, generational anticipation that Messiah would enact a military/political conquest, subdue Israel’s surrounding enemies and American-Flag2usher in the golden age that the prophets so beautifully (and accurately) foretold.

When Jesus, who claimed to be the Son of God, King of the Jews, and Savior didn’t do this exact thing, he was rejected en masse; even his closest friends and family doubted. Jesus put to rest the timing of this notion quite plainly before His ascension. He never denied it. There will be an earthly conquest in the Father’s timing, done the Father’s way.

If a militant/political campaign will happen, how and when and more importantly by whom, must be seriously considered.

The Christian faith declares the kingdom of heaven. Jesus and John both attested that kingdom of heaven was at hand, and the proper response was to “repent and be baptized for the remission of sins.” Salvation by grace through faith gains entrance into that kingdom. The King of that kingdom is Christ, and the capital of that kingdom is Jerusalem. To say it plainly, the fullness of that kingdom on earth is enacted by Christ, through Israel AFTER His enemies are made His footstool.

It is Christ Himself, not we, that wage the national/political war, bring the sword upon the earth until the kingdoms of this world are the kingdoms of our God. Conquest requires war and the weapons of warfare of the believer are not against kings and armies but are “mighty in God, for the pulling down of strongholds.” Worship, intercession and the power of the Holy Spirit are the primary means that God’s kingdom is advanced in the earth.

The faulty notion that America IS or WAS a Christian nation is, in my opinion, a misunderstanding of the role of believers before the coming of the King. To be a Christian nation, the adherents must be governed by Christ. The American governmental system has been a democratic republic for the last 300 years, a far cry (albeit possibly the very best of the bad options) from the Kingdom of the Christ . The first nation to be governed (in the fullest sense) by Christ will be Israel; all the nations will be submissive to Him as he rules with a rod of iron. Yet many Christians busy themselves worrying about making America the so-called “Christian nation it once was.” 

The hope of the believer is not in a Christian president who legislates Christian law. Our hope is Christ, His coming kingdom, and His commitment to make the wrong things right, judging the nations with righteousness and justice. More a full Senate or Congress America needs full prayer meetings, full altars, and more importantly hearts that filled with absolute love for Jesus.

The Church must set herself into the divine order of scripture as a witness to the nation’s, crying out day and night until the justice of the Lord is hastened and Jesus returns to the earth.

Some Earthly Good

Resurrected bodies, a new earth, authority in the age to come, a 1380 mile city – these are things that are on mind during this week as I remember the death and resurrection of Christ.

Unless a seed falls into the ground and dies it cannot bear fruit. Christ went into that ground. And His death, yea, His life will bear much fruit. He is the Great Forerunner, a first-fruits of mankind, a foretaste of what awaits the faithful. The death that Adam sowed into humanity Christ has defeated, AND more importantly, He has brought us life and life abundant.

What does the resurrection show us?

The Resurrection shows us that our faith is not dead and what is going to happen to us. It shows that Christ has power over eternal death, not just of the soul, but the soul and the body. He died not just to redeem the souls of mankind but the bodies. Weird.

There were some odd things that happened after the resurrection and we need not be left with the image of a glowing tomb as the finale. Namely, He was on the earth for a month and 10 days after the stone rolled away. He taught extensively on the kingdom during this time (Oh to hear that!). He appeared to many and we know there were at least 500 were eyewitnesses of His return from death. He could eat food and He could cook food. He had flesh and bones. Let me say that again: Christ NOW has flesh and bones…in heaven. He is the only One in heaven currently outfitted with a flesh and bone frame.

He was not fully spirit and He was not fully flesh; or better said, He was fully spirit and fully flesh, a Heavenly Man. There were dimensions of both supernatural and natural activities during His 40-day-stay.

What does this mean? Paul tells us what it means, John does too. It means that we will have a body like Christ’s. We won’t look exactly like Him, but we will be outfitted with a fully supernatural and natural frame. We’ll be able to walk through walls and yet eat food. Why? Because we’ll be spending eternity on a renewed earth. You’ll need that peppy upgrade to interact with heaven on earth. The spirit and the natural will be joined, forever (Eph 1:10).

Sorry, no floaty cloud for you. If you’ve always wanted to escape earth, you’d better rethink your eternal habitat.

Faith – Eyes Open or Closed?

Man was made for the ground. Why else to do we feel nauseous when we go zipping around in our uncle’s boat? We have feet not flippers; arms not wings; lungs not gills. We jump and expect to feel the jarring impact shoot up through our knees. We lay on the grass, avoid excessive air-travel, and kiss the ground when we get home.

I wince when I travel.

Ground is our home. It makes us feel secure. Ground comforts us, exemplified by the sighs of relief when an airline touches down; or when we come down the ladder propped on the side of the house. Solid equals condolence. Man was made for earth and earth for man. The two are joined. They are twins from the same parents but you can’t tell in a crowd.

What did Adam feel the first time he stood up from his dusty womb?

The issue of faith is an issue of truth. An issue of reality. Faith can’t be faked, just as truth can’t be faked. Either something is true or untrue; fabricated or evident. While the false may parade as the true, somewhere, somehow, we believe that there is a reckoning. Some gavel must slam down and the curtain must drop, and when it does we will all gasp.

I’d guess there are more agricultural major graduates than philosophy major graduates.

Faith. Ask anyone on the street about faith and I’d bet they’d give you some answer along the lines of religion, or an eyes-closed-leap, or country music. Humanity wants evidence to have faith. Is this real? Prove it.

What if I told you you’re walking on air? Ushers have bags for the sick. What is faith? We imagine that faith steps off the cliff and walks on gases. I beg to differ.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb. 11:1

Invisible stuff right? Intangible. Read it again. This time time take off your glasses, your prescription renewal is overdue.

Faith is the SUBSTANCE of things hoped for, the EVIDENCE of things not seen.

Makes you wonder. Imagine the man plunging brashly off the cliff was actually plunging onto it the whole time. He floated around in gas until he stepped onto the precipice. Truth is solid. No one who has been to the moon debates the existence of it. No one thinks of faith as substance and evidence, but look for substance and evidence to substantiate faith.

We might have had it backwards.