|5. We say America is a ‘Christian nation.’ Here’s what that would look like if we really meant it | OpinionThere is a widely held view that the United States was founded as a Christian nation, and that our laws and policies should be shaped by Christian values. Not all Christians agree that our nation was founded as a Christian nation and will defend that viewpoint by citing the Founding Fathers, Enlightenment theory, and theological arguments.
However, let’s go with the view that we were founded as a Christian nation, and therefore should be shaped by Christian values.
But what are “Christian values?” It’s obvious that there is significant disagreement among Christians over just what that means. It strikes me that as Christians, we should go to the source — Jesus. What did Jesus say? Or what would Jesus do? What were the rules that guided the early Christian community that rose in the wake of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection?
First, it should be noted that Jesus was born, lived his life, and died as a Jewish person living in a Jewish society under the oppressive rule of the Roman Empire, so what he said and did is not exclusive to Christians — but it did shape those who became our early Christian forebears.
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