My tin-foil hat
Mainstream Baptist has a post that discusses an interview with D. James Kennedy and Frederick Clarkson on NPR's Fresh Air. Dr. Bruce Prescott rightfully observes that after denying he wanted a theocracy for this nation, he then claimed that Christians need to create a culture "in which civil institutions (i.e. the government, the courts, and public schools) are involved in 'teaching' all nations 'to observe all' that Jesus commanded." That sounds like a theocracy to me!
Whatever happened to churches playing this role? Christianity is not explicitly mentioned in the Constitution, yet Kennedy refers to it quite a bit. We can debate all day about "the intentions of the Founding Fathers", yet in the eyes of the law, printed words matter over intention.
He then charges that legislators have added so many "foriegn" things or concepts to the Constitution that America is now unrecognizable compared to 1776. Mr Kennedy: Where in the Constitution does it guarantee prayer in school or the explicit reference that this is a Christian nation? The only reference to religion is the words "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion".
Yet 33% of adults believe that Christianity should be the official religion of this nation. If that isn't a call for theocracy I don't know what is. Again, with these simple statements in our body of law guiding us over the last 200 years, why do we now need to legislate Christianity into our culture? If Christianity was such a part of our society then, why did it suddenly go away?
Oh that's right, it's not the church's fault, it's the secularists and atheists who have led us astray. Has any thought been put into how the church might have failed society? Could it be its past advocation that racial segregation is God's will? Or how about justifying slavery with the Bible to further economic gain on the back of an entire group of people? To assume that the church hasn't made mistakes and may be at least partially to blame for the "ills" of our society is ignorant and judgemental. Some introspection is needed.
The American church is not perfect and I believe fundamentalist's obsession with reforming society should originate there. Instead of forcing people to adhere to Christian principles, why not willingly invite them? Instead of telling people how to live, why not show them? If you don't agree with evolution, teach what you believe at church. If people are interested in what you have to say, they'll come all by themselves. It's amazing.
They'll see us Christians living the way Jesus called us to, no matter what type of government we have, and might be interested to know why we act in the way we do. If they're not interested, that's their choice. I believe we call it "free will". Folks, the simple fact is that creating a "Christian Nation" is the same as the "Islamic nations" of Iran and the former Afganistan.
Jesus didn't pass a single law, yet changed the world with His death at the hands of the theocrats of His time.