“Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation,” said the future 44th president. America was also “a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of unbelievers.”
That’s the distorted view of America’s religiosity Mr. Obama brought with him to the White House. And he was dead wrong.
America is, indisputably, a Christian nation. And that was confirmed this past week by the Pew Research Center, which released an analysis of the religious composition of the 115th Congress. Of the 638 members – 100 in the Senate and 538 in the House of Representatives – 90 percent identified themselves as Christians.
They were not just Republicans and conservatives and whites and males (a canard the Left would have us believe). They were also Democrats and liberals and racial minorities and women.
Now, Obama and others that share his irreligious views, will argue, no doubt, that the fact that an overwhelming 90 percent of lawmakers on Capitol Hill are Christians does not mean America is a Christian nation.
But they are wrong.
Because there is no better indicator of the nation’s prevailing faith than whom the electorate chooses to represent them in the nation’s capital. And after voters throughout the country expressed their will this past Election Day in 34 individual Senate races and 538 individual House races, their message was resounded: They wanted the nation to be governed by Christ followers.
That’s not to say that Christianity is the religion of the United States government.
Indeed, were the 115th Congress to pass legislation declaring it as such, our law-givers would run afoul of the First Amendment, which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
So Americans are free to worship as they please. They can follow Jesus Christ, accepting as an article of faith that there is salvation in none other. Or they can bow down before Mohammed or Buddha or Vishnu or no god at all.
But let us dispel the notion advanced by Mr. Obama that America is not a Christian nation – anymore than it is a Jewish nation, Muslim nation, Buddhist nation, Hindu nation or nation of “nones.”
That’s simply not true.
It’s a “false balance” perhaps best represented by the “COEXIST” image created in 2001 by graphic artist Piotr Młodożeniec, which can be seen today on untold of thousands of bumper stickers on freeways and roads throughout the fair land.
Młodożeniec’s image – which uses an oversize Muslim crescent as the “C,” the Star of David as the “X” and the Christian cross as the “T” – suggests an equivalence not only between the Abrahamic religions, but also every other conceivable religion.
But Christ is Lord of all. He shares billing with no other. And neither should Christianity, the faith of this nation’s founders and of 90 percent of our present-day law-givers and of the vast majority of everyday Americans who to count themselves Christ followers.