Legislating Christianity

I am reading a couple of books right now. Today I spent time in Steve Monsma’s Healing For a Broken World: Christian Perspective on Public Policy. I appreciate his clear thinking. My favorite quote from the book today is:

I believe we Christians ought to be as concerned for the religious freedom of our Jewish or Muslim neighbors and for the rights of our nonbelieving neighbors to live out their lack of religious beliefs as we are for our own religious freedom. If we do not do this, we become like any other special-interest group, working for advantages for ourselves.

In addition, it is irresponsible for us evangelicals, who have a high view of Scripture, to apply the promises and warnings made to the Old Testament nation of Israel to the present-day United States. There is no biblical basis for believing that God has made a special covenant with the United States or named Americans as his chosen people. Today God works through his worldwide church, which is drawn out of “every nation, tribe, people and language” (Rev. 7:9), not through a special, chosen nation. The United States is not the equivalent of Old Testament Israel.

Monsma, Steve (2008-05-16). Healing For a Broken World: Christian Perspective on Public Policy (Kindle Locations 232-235). Crossway Books. Kindle Edition.

It seems like we evangelicals often get things mixed up. In our desire for a better America we mistakenly think that America is a Christian nation. It is a nation with mostly Christians in it. Those are different things. We should help our country be the best it can be but we cannot legislate Christianity..

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