Sunday, April 4, 2010

Christians as Citizens of the U.S.A.

I've bumped into several Christians on the net and in person who are thoroughly convinced that their role in the U.S.A. and the world is that of an "alien". They believe Christians should have a Star Trek mentality when it comes to interacting with society. A thing called "The Prime Directive" which is basically no contact beyond what is necessary to achieve the specific mission. Christians have a mission to seek out and to save the "lost". Another mission, however similar, is to the Great Commission...to go out into all the world and make disciples...baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

When the Church becomes recognized to the point of offending people, the Christians must endure their persecution without fight back or any kind of retaliation. This turn-the-other-cheek approach to Christianity is common and fitting for missionaries in most all nations of the world as those societies have no provision recognizing the freedoms of man to practice any religion as they see fit.

In the United States of America, we have The Bill of Rights which list, not exhaustively, recognized freedoms of mankind. This list protects, in writing, man's right to be Christians in public. Because this freedom in particular is recognized, one might be lead to believe that this freedom should also be freely defended for there would be those who would desire and make attempts to revoke such freedom.

The Bible was written to a people who were dominated by monarchies and dictatorships. During New Testament times, Rome was the dominating force throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Egypt (as well as other parts of Africa). If you were not a natural born Roman Citizen or at least one who purchased his citizenship, you had no freedom of religion other than that authorized by the Roman Government. Christians who lived public lives would also be persecuted, tortured, and killed publicly. We cannot compare U.S.A. citizenship with that of Rome. The Constitution recognizes that all men are created equal in the site of God.

So, to deny Christians an active and open public life is to deny what is recognized and written in the Constitution. It is also denying the public life of the Nation's early leaders. Many were pastors. Others were doctors, school teachers, lawyers and such. Most all of these early leaders were Christian in their religious practice and everyday behavior. To deny the Christian heritage of this country is to deny and actually bring dishonor to the many men and their families who gave everything to make this nation what it is today.

My next entry will deal with Bible passages that define the Christian's role in this world and especially his rights as spelled out in the Constitution. I will quote directly from scripture and from some of the founding fathers of this Nation.
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