On the surface, the War for American Independence appears to be an inherently un-Christian event. The Apostle Paul, in Romans 13, seems to leave little room for revolution:
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained by God. Whosoever therefore resists the power, resists the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
So you see, how even history bares witness to our rebellious and rough start–we revolted against the power that was over us (our sovereign). To say the founding of America was on a wholly Christian foundation, might be stretching it a might. So when people say things that aren’t true, like they are true, that doesn’t make it true.
I’m proud to be an America, home of the free (for some)! I’m not ashamed of our rough beginnings, however, our Founders were on the wrong side of Christianity–with slavery, prejudice, and many other human rights issues. We are all flawed people. They were, we are. If we are going to pass down accurate history, for generations to come, shouldn’t we tell it right?
We don’t actually know to what level the founding fathers walked in Christian faith, as we know it today. They were no doubt greatly influenced by Christianity. But some of their lives were lived well outside the ethics that evangelicals hold. Having extra marital affairs, children out of wedlock, drunkenness, and much more debauchery.
Today’s evangelicals, according to their standards, would not call these men Christian. Today, 241 years since our founding, we seem to look back with rose colored glasses. We are a Christian nation, because we evolved into one, we became one because we worked at it–the gospel took root.
I am glad we are fighting to be a unified nation, under God. It’s been a long hard struggle and Americans have and continue to fight injustice. From heroin to racism, bigotry and beyond–its all our problem.
If we as a nation do not overcome our human injustices and prejudice, we will see missionaries in this nation once again. Bringing the gospel from a far away land, to save the savages. At a time when we appear more interested in devouring one another than engaging in a dialogue with our brothers and sisters across the ideological divide, even the blind know we are headed for the ditch.
Trump can’t make America great again. Only American citizens can! Red and yellow, black and white, we are precious in his sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world. That’s the first song that always comes to mind from my childhood.
I believe we are standing at the threshold of another great awakening in this country. I pray it’s a full blown revolution. Like our founding fathers, we must revolt against all injustice.
People matter, give another human a chance–you’ll be surprised how much you’ll grow.
– Ps. Ken
Ken speaks weekly at Spirit Life Church. Visit the Spirit Life Church website to learn more about Ps. Ken and listen to his messages online.