Out From Under the Umbrella

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This is a Christian Nation

Many Evangelical Christians have insisted that America is a Christian nation founded on Judeo-Christian values and that our government policies should be reflective of that.

Even moderate Republican Presidential Candidate John Kasich has gotten in on the act saying that he would, “Create a government agency that would teach Judeo-Christian values.”

Um..no.  Just…no.

Yes, Evangelicals want their cake and eat it, too because, I mean, who doesn’t.  They call this a Christian nation and attempt at every turn to interject their Christian values into our laws.

They want the Ten Commandments displayed in every court room.

They want [Christian] prayer and Bible reading in every government run public school.

They want Creationism taught as an alternative theory to Evolutionary Theory in government run public schools because Evolutionary Theory is just a theory.  It says so right there in the name of it.

They want [Christian] prayer before government council meetings and Senate and Congressional meetings.

They want to ban abortion and same-sex marriage.

I could go on.

Yes, this is a Christian Nation and the government should operate on those values, except when it shouldn’t.

Namely now.

On just one blog that I read in just two posts  I’ve read these responses from three different Christians to our current situation regarding the refugee crisis:

It is important to keep in mind that the US Government is not the church, and should not be expected to conduct its affairs according to the teachings of Jesus. While we have always and will always accept refugees, I do think it is prudent to put some safety measures in place to keep ISIL terrorists out of the group we let in. -Jim

 

For instance, I keep having the good Samaritan pushed in my face. Great story. I should treat my enemies exactly that way on a personal level. Yep yep yep. Agreed no problem.

But, that story is not a good analogy for how a government protects it’s citizens, Ruth. – Wally

 

Where I stand now is that the government—those who are responsible for the defense of the nation—may not have the same position I as an individual have. – Rebecca

Now, in the spirit of fairness, I get  that people, all sorts of people are conflicted about this issue.  And it is entirely possible that all three of these commenters favor the wall of separation between church and state.

But I keep reading these sentiments over and over on various forms of social media.  The U.S. Government is not the Church.  The U.S. Government doesn’t have to or need to ask, “What would Jesus do?”

Well, dang, that’s what we’ve been saying all along.

Now, can we just be human beings and help refugees because it’s the right thing to do? Can we not all put our collective heads together to come up with a solution to this crisis that doesn’t involve eating each other alive?

For those who can, welcome to the middle ground.

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