In 2006, Illinois Senator Barack Obama was giving a keynote address to a conference titled Call to Renewal. The conference was sponsored by Sojourners, a Christian magazine. At that conference, Obama said:
“Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation – at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.”
Many people reacted to that statement and still do. Many misquote Obama claiming that he said America was no longer a Christian nation. For whatever reason, they leave out the word ‘just’.
Earlier this week, the National Association of Evangelicals released the results of a survey they took of a number of evangelical leaders. In that survey, they were asked if America is a Christian nation. Not surprising, 68% of evangelical leaders that responded to the survey said no, America is not a Christian nation.
That figure may in fact be even higher than 68% since a number of those that responded that America is still a Christian nation did so because it was founded as a Christian nation in the beginning or that they felt there were still more Christians than non-Christians in the country.
NAE President Leith Anderson commented on the results saying:
"Much of the world refers to America as a Christian nation, but most of our Christian leaders don't think so. The Bible only uses the word 'Christian' to describe people and not countries. Even those who say America is a Christian nation admit that there are lots of non-Christians and even anti-Christian beliefs and behaviors."
There is no doubt that America today is no longer governed as a Christian nation. The biblical values that our Founding Fathers used to forge The Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution are being replaced with immoral secular hedonistic values. More and more things described in the Bible as being sinful are being legalized at an alarming rate.
As much as it pains me to say that Obama was right about anything, he is right about this. America isn’t ‘just’ a Christian country any longer. I would go so far as to say that America isn’t a Christian nation, period. There may be more Christians than non-Christians, but they aren’t running the country or occupying the judicial benches. The non-Christians are in control and are working fast and hard to make sure we are not a Christian nation.
Since we are no longer a Christian nation, that makes us one of the most important mission fields in the world. Instead of sending missionaries around the world, our nation’s churches need to start sending them out to our own people. We need to evangelize our own nation and encourage more Christians to get involved in politics so we can once again become a Christian nation. If not, America will fall.