The following is a little different than what I typically would post, nevertheless, I thought I would add it to the mix. It is something I intend to continue as time allows. Because it is political, I would expect to receive what comes to those who offer political views online. But I do hope that if you differ, you would at least consider that I offer this in humility and you may rest assured that I will consider your viewpoint…unless it is ignorant in tone, angrily corrosive in intent, and/or crass by way of your vernacular. If these are true, don’t bother leaving a comment. It will neither bother me nor get posted.
Chapter One — A Christian Nation
“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the LORD: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug…” Isaiah 51:1
The United States of America, to be sure, is not a theocracy – at least not in the purer sense of the word, but the documents in place to establish and direct her governance are nonetheless Christological in nature.
To make this claim is to say that documents like the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence began not as sourceless ideas or as a collective of principles that emerged from a conversation between a multitude of religious contexts (Islam, Buddhism, and the like), but rather from a singular context, namely, Christianity. At the time of the American Revolution, the founding fathers were almost unanimously Protestant Christians. It was these men who pressed toward independence from oppressive tyranny and did so seeking to establish a free society built upon “self-evident” truths that they themselves held in common and knew and believed as absolute. But where did these truths come from?
As has been said, these truths did not arise from a variety of belief systems uncommon to one another, but from within a singular belief system unified by essential doctrines and producing a limited number of varieties. Even though these men represented various denominations of the Christian church, among them existed a simultaneously common and ultimate source of authority for discerning truth – the Word of God, or the Bible – and it was from this source that there arose a unity of ideals blossoming from the belief in objective, pre-existent, and unquestionable verities. These men believed that these truths were the only proper foundation for a strong, civil government to be employed by a nation that would call herself “free.” It should be noted that one of the particular commonalities between the men was the confession that Jesus Christ is the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, the Word of God made flesh and dwelling among man to bring salvation (John 1:14). It is from this perspective in particular that the founding documents may be considered Christological.
Incontrovertibly, the structural pillars for the governing of America were first cemented into place by the Christological notions that objective truth exists, that it has been revealed by the Word of God, and in order for a government to rightly be called “good” by her citizens, she must govern centripetally and centrifugally in relation with this objective truth. This is primary. This was how America was born. This was her footing. This was her North Star bearing and cause. Notice the choice word “was.”
It would seem that only recently (or at least since the earliest part of the twentieth century) has America been led more fully to consider herself as an orphan, as having no paternal narrative community, as having no definitive or objective source for her existence, affirming herself as an openly generous gathering of subjective truths with the only objective truth being that there is no such thing as objective truth. Only recently have we seen what happens to a ship governed by those who believe she has no definable home port beyond the mantra of “freedom.” We are beholding the effects of “freedom” without objective truth as the rudder is dismantled and the vessel is left to be free upon the winds and waves.
Although it is true that at this point in history, many in positions of power, for various reasons, seek to debate using an assortment of tactics in order to disprove, dismiss, or at an intellectual minimum, convolute this very simple truth; and yet, history’s record remains. It is elementarily and immutably true that the documents set into place to govern the United States of America do so with a Christological heartbeat. Only while this heart continues to beat do these documents retain their truest and most noble identity and hold primary authority for the nation. Without this, they are powerless. Without this, they are empty and open for misinterpretation, abuse, and ultimate abolishment – which is the death of the nation.
Noah Webster, father of the modern dictionary and a revolutionary father, urged the populace to consider that if they “neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted.” He continued, “If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.” On June 28, 2006, one who would only two years later become the President of the United States of America, declared with certainty, “Whatever we once were, we’re no longer a Christian nation.” Barack Obama continued by accentuating that the United States is a nation comprised of many religions and all are free to practice according to the tenets of the faith to which they subscribe. In one sense, this is true, and giving oneself over to an honest elucidation of these words, it is easily assumed that the purpose of the sentence within the fuller context of the speech was merely to confirm diversity within America. But the words themselves reveal a deeper geist, one which unwittingly exposes and then confirms that America, at one time, understood herself to be Christological in nature and that the careful contemplation and precise onus of the founding fathers and the documents they produced were confirmed as having been born from Christianity. But within the same sentence (and the rest of the speech for that matter) the one who would eventually be elected to the highest office in the land lamentably offered America’s Christian heritage over to enshrinement in the mythologies, tipping his hat to it as a “whatever once was” but nevertheless to be considered now as irrelevant and perhaps not even true. Whether or not Mr. Obama understood the implications of the sentence, he affirmed that truth is no longer true, that America’s heart has already been critically pierced. It may be also that very few of her elected officials can hear that the heart is slowing and that the body is preparing to experience the grotesque details of the last breath of death.