A Christian Gives Thanks That America Is Not a Christian Nation

….. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –The Declaration of Independence

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof… –First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution……….

American democracy gives us a chance to do all of that and more, free of ideological restraints. That’s why I’m grateful that America is not and cannot be a Christian nation.

Of course, we can continue to have pseudo-theological food fights over questions like, “How can we save our nation by making all Americans into God-fearing souls?,” or “How can anyone be so ignorant as to believe in God or the soul?” Or we can take advantage of the fact that American democracy offers us an open space in which to pursue questions of personal, communal and political meaning, illumined by multiple sources of light.

Which will it be? That’s a question worth wrapping our lives around, with gratitude for our political inheritance. Read more:

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