Learning and Sticks

Today I’m  learning to use the stick  among other things. A stick is a multi purpose tool.  It can be used to lean against, to steady yourself when walking over rough ground; it can be used  to poke holes in the ground for seeds to grow and become a garden, it can be pushed  out to someone sinking in a river, pulling them out, then up the slippery bank.  It can be used on a drum to make a lot of noise,  or as weapon to whack an enemy or beat off a dangerous animal.  Multi purpose – very useful.

Ever felt just invisible;  like an alien looking for  even a small friendly “hello“? We all have days when we feel like a stranger in a strange place don’t we?  And most of the time  we are hoping to run into someone who’ll say “you are welcome here” wherever you are on your journey. Well, those kind people and those caring places are sprinkled all over this great land of ours. Is that because we are a ‘Christian nation’?  More importantly, are we a ‘Christian nation’?

James Watkins  makes an excellent case that historically,  no we are not, beginning the argument with this :

“True or False: The Founding Fathers of The United States were Christians    who formed a government based on godly principles.

    That’s a more complex answer. The “revisionist left” would like to make them secular and the “religious right” would like to make them saintly. Let’s take a look at some of the more prominent Founding Father’s beliefs . . . in their own words.”

And ending with this note:

I am a subscriber to the Apostles’ Creed (I’ve had a “subscription” since second grade). I would love to document that the most prominant Founding Fathers were orthodox Christians.

However, I’m also a journalist who is committed to being an OAF (Objective, Accurate, and Fair), so I have only included quotes where I could find at least two collaborating, reliable sources.”

 

James Madison  said “The experience of the United States is a happy disproof of the error so long rooted in the unenlightened minds of well-meaning Christians, as well as in the corrupt hearts of persecuting usurpers, that without a legal incorporation of religious and civil polity, neither could be supported. A mutual independence is found most friendly to practical Religion, to social harmony, and to political prosperity” (Letter to F.L. Schaeffer, Dec 3, 1821).

So yes, while we are a nation of primarily kind caring Christian folks, 62% at last count, as President Obama said in 2007, we are not just a ‘Christian nation’.

Anyone interested in doing more research on their own will find a wealth of information on Beliefnet and  The Separation of Church and State

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