There is a lot on the internet concerning the erroneous topic of America being God’s chosen nation/people. Just copy the post title into google search, and check it out.
This week Im reading the excellent book by Richard T. Hughes, Christian America and the Kingdom of God. I highly recommend it. What the author strives to do is debunk this myth by pointing to the teachings found in scripture concerning the Kingdom of God, (there are over 100 references found in the New Testament alone) and contrast them to America’s actions as a Nation: past and present. What is (even) more fascinating is the contrast made with what is known as “Christian America” today and the Kingdom of God.
What I found is the Biblical vision of the Kingdom of God and the American notion of a Christian nation are at extreme polar opposites of each other; Just as the Roman Empire was with the teachings of Jesus and the early Church,
Jesus counseled peace, but the [Roman] empire practiced violence. Jesus counseled humility, but the empire engaged in a ruthless pursuit of power. Jesus counseled concern for the poor, but the empire practiced exaltation of the rich. Jesus counseled modesty, but the empire practiced extravagance. Jesus counseled simple living, but the empire encouraged luxurious living for those with the means to embrace that way of life. And while Jesus counseled forgiveness and love for one’s enemies, the empire practiced vengeance.
Like that ancient empire, the United States abounds in Christian trappings. And yet the United States embraces virtually all the values that have been common to empires for centuries on end. It pays lip service to peace but thrives on violence, exalts the rich over the poor, prefers power to humility, places vengeance above forgiveness, extravagance above modesty, and luxury above simplicity. In a word, it rejects the values of Jesus.
How, then, can we claim that the United States is a Christian nation? (pages 185-86)
Though I’m not finished reading the book, (or posting about its contents) I’ve already been personally struck with the question, ‘What Kingdom am I a citizen of?’…