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Salt and light?

An interesting, if uncomfortable article from the Christian Science Monitor, showing how some evangelical Christians are answering the question of "is America a Christian nation?" The answer: it was, isn't now, but should be. Here are a few quotes from the piece:

In material given to conference attendees, the Rev. D. James Kennedy, Coral Ridge pastor wrote: "As the vice-regents of God, we are to bring His truth and His will to bear on every sphere of our world and our society. We are to exercise godly dominion and influence over our neighborhoods, our schools, our government ... our entertainment media, our news media, our scientific endeavors - in short, over every aspect and institution of human society."

Lest we think this "dominion & influence" is a theocratic government

Kennedy is not in the theocratic camp, says John Aman, Coral Ridge spokesman.


the Rev. Dr. Kennedy regularly calls the US a Christian nation that should be governed by Christians.

Read the piece for yourself. Only 900 attended the conference, but it is clear that Kennedy has a whole lot of influence - I've heard a few reverently hushed "Dr. Kennedy said..." in the circles at my church to not be blind to his reach. But if the exercise of this "dominion & influence" is being salt & light, shouldn't those advocating for it be just a tad bit more aware of how this strikes the people to be salted & lit?

1 comment:

rev-ed said...

I'll be honest. Making the U.S. a Christian nation is not high on my priority list. The Bible I read says we are to change people's hearts via the Holy Spirit. Simply imposing Christianity or Christian values through law is not an effective means of changing hearts.

I greatly admire Dr. Kennedy's efforts over the years, especially in the field of evangelism. However I truly wish he would concentrate on saving souls and discipling converts rather than trying to take control of government. Constantine didn't force anybody into the faith via enacting law. The U.S. would fare no better.