One hears all the time about how we are a “Christian” nation founded on “Christian” principles. One hears all the time about the “pilgrims” who came to this country seeking freedom from religious persecution.
One seldom hears how those same pilgrims were, in their home country, not exactly tolerant of the views of others. They were, in essence, religious fundamentalists.
Still, if we were, in fact, a truly Christian nation, we would know how to conduct our affairs at all times, because Christ’s early followers left very clear instructions on what he would have wanted.
He would have wanted us to treat each other how we would want to be treated. One must assume that means no torture, including water-boarding. One must also assume that means no imprisonment without trial. One must also assume that means no black site prisons.
One must also assume that means no threats to burn or dishonor the documents held to be holy by those of other faiths.
He would have wanted us to provide for each other, no matter how little we have. That means if we have people who are hungry, we feed them, even if the opposing party throws up their hands and says “but we can’t feed all these people! We only have five loaves and two fishes!” We feed them anyway and trust that there will be enough.
And if someone strikes at us, he would not want us to strike back but instead he would have said, “do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.”
If we were a Christian nation, that is how we would conduct ourselves.
We would not start wars in foreign lands, no matter what attacks we had suffered.
We would not insult other religions in our own land.
We would NOT, ever, ever question the patriotism of those who, in fact, do conduct themselves as Jesus advised.
So don’t tell me again how we’re a Christian nation. I don’t want to have to hurt you.
And if you don't believe all this, you can read it here in his dad's own words. And this does apply to you, no exceptions.
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