Monday, April 9, 2018

Christian Revisionism: Why I'm Not Impressed By Patriots.

 Christian Patriotism, or Christian Revisionism, what does it mean? First, have you noticed the "patriotism" trend within the church, you know the folks who elevate the U.S. Constitution to "divine" status?  Or, the websites with eagles and slogans such as "Red Nation Rising," have you seen them tied with Christianity? Oh, yes, they exist. As a matter of fact, the other day on a Conservative radio program, a guest claimed God wrote the U.S. Constitution. I kid you not. I almost fell out. Seriously, God wrote the constitution? No, you're wrong, and I hope someone pulls you to the side and explains how so.The constitution does not mention Christianity or religion, except to say that there shall be no state 'sponsored' religion.  Lately, everywhere you go, you see American flags in churches, as if God helped the deist and Freemasons write the U.S. Constitution. Were some of the so-called founders Christians? Yes, but more of them were not Christian. Thomas Jefferson believed Christ was a moral man  but revealed disbelief in the divinity of Christ. Not only did he reveal disbelief in Christ's divinity, but he and Thomas Paine wanted to destroy the Gospel. John Adams, Ben Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Pain, Thomas Jefferson, and so many others, were not Christians. Many of the "founding fathers" were deists and part of secret societies like the 'Hells-Fire Club.' Many on the Christian 'right' claim religious 'liberty' is under attack. Out of all the words they could use; they choose "liberty," and there's a reason for that, the reason consists of the need to tie patriotism to religious freedom. First, the best thing about the constitution is religious freedom under the First Amendment.  But, that freedom is being used for its unintended purpose. It's been interpreted that imposing - forcing not only a particular religion but a particular interpretation of a certain religion that been shoving Christianity down people's throats; which  is  unconstitutional.
 So, now we have the First Amendment being used against, instead of for itself. The revisionist came essentially revising the historicity of not only the country, but  the culture, religious climate and social construction of the so-called founders.John Adams, one of the founders, bluntly stated 'The United States is not in any sense a Christian nation.' I am not sure where the confusion is here. Most of the time, if you disagree with a 'Constitutionalist,' they consider you a country hater. However, the haters revise the past to manipulate it, but not change the future. Again, there's no mention of Christianity in the U.S. Constitution.

"On the contrary, the only reference to religion in the Constitution before the addition of the Bill of Rights comes in Article VI: This means that political power in the United States may never be limited to people of one faith a necessary condition for a “Christian nation” but must be open to people of all faiths or none. Barring a religious test for office sparked widespread outrage in 1787, especially in states with religious tests designed to make sure that only Protestants or Christians would ever be allowed to hold elected office. But in their wisdom, the Framers in Philadelphia knew that the time had come to break from the precedents of history and bar any religious group from ever imposing itself on the nation using the engine of government. Even this wasn't good enough for Thomas Jefferson and other founders who wanted to prohibit any and all entanglements of government and religion in the new nation. In 1791, the opening words of the First Amendment “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ” were added to the Constitution, further ensuring a fully secular state with a guarantee of religious freedom for all. Of course, some of the founders (not unlike some Americans today) worried that “no establishment” might lead to a breakdown in Christian values in American culture. Alexander Hamilton, for example, contemplated the creation of a “Christian Constitutional Society” to promote Christian virtues and principles among the people." Of course, his idea didn't make it too far because we live under law some might say biblically go against their interpretation of their Christian belief.

There's no mention of Christianity in the U.S. Constitution. However, most, if not all, Conservatives believe Christianity is not only mentioned but a state-sanctioned religion. Of course, this is not true. But the propaganda works for Conservatives. Most on the right, become defensive when the truth is pointed out to them. But, we cannot lie to ourselves.  There is no divine inspiration in the U.S. Constitution. Therefore, to claim the U.S. Constitution is god-breathed is to confuse the Bible and the U.S. Constitution. Because the claim, they're somehow equal dismisses the fact that the writers, some, opposed God.

In conclusion, Christian Revisionist attempts to manipulate the past in order to revise it. Their goal is to force the notion that America is and always was a Christian nation. It's rather offensive considering; it isn't true. They're entitled to be wrong, but we're not required to join them.

1).Charles Haynes.(7 August 2014).Dispelling the myth of a ‘Christian nation' Onfaith. http://www.faithstreet.com/onfaith/2013/08/07/dispelling-the-myth-of-a-christian-nation/11095

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