I normally refrain from political posts on GraceWalk – but I could not believe when I heard this comment from presidential hopeful, Barak Obama. See it for yourself:
This has, of course, sparked a huge debate among Christians and others. Here are some other things to consider:
From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_the_United_States):
Most U.S. adult citizens identify themselves as Christians (76.5 – 78.5% ). A 2001 survey found 15% of the adult population to have no religious affiliation, still significantly less than in other postindustrial countries such as Britain (44%) and Sweden (69%). According to ARIS and other studies, non-Christian religions (including Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and others) collectively make up about 5.5% of the adult population.
From an article called “WHAT WE THINK, WHAT WE BELIEVE, HOW WE ACT” from the Christian Research Institute (see http://www.equip.org/atf/cf/%7B9C4EE03A-F988-4091-84BD-F8E70A3B0215%7D/DP540.pdf):
“The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life poll on American faith showed most people (67 percent) believe the United States is a Christian nation.”
Here’s some things to consider from the other side of the argument. In an interview with David Frost back on May 30, 1997, Rev. Billy Graham, when asked, “Say is this still a Christian Country?” replied:
“No! We’re not a Christian Country. We’ve never been a Christian Country. We’re a secular Country, by our constitution. In which Christians live and which many Christians have a voice. But we’re not a Christian Country.”
What are your thoughts?
God – I know from Your word that You ordain the leaders of nations. I pray that You would have mercy on the United States of America and give us a leader that still believes in the principals that this nation’s founders did when they formed this country.