Despite Christian claims, we will know them by their fruit

Letter: Jim Holsinger Grangeville

In the last several weeks many have written in to the opinion page asserting that the United States is a “Christian” nation. Leaving aside the immoral behavior and deviant beliefs of many of the founding fathers, leaving aside the purely secular, non-spiritual nature of the Constitution and the Constitutional amendments, leaving aside the failure of that Constitution to make any stipulation prohibiting the cold-blooded slave trade, and the failure of that document to restrain in any way the brutal treatment of slaves by their masters, leaving aside the forced removal by the U.S. Government of innocent Japanese American citizens from their homes on the west coast to inland relocation camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, leaving aside the reluctance of this nation to accept desperate Jewish refugees fleeing from the murderous regime of Nazi Germany – leaving all this aside, and many other condemning, shameful facts, the primary reason that America never was a Christian nation is this: It is a historical fact that this nation entered into more than 350 treaties with the Indian tribes, but did not keep even one treaty. Not one. Most of you who are reading these words are, without knowing it, living on land belonging to an Indian tribe under the terms of a sacred treaty with the U.S. Government – a dishonorable, treaty-breaking, non-Christian government.

Not surprising that this should be, considering that my Savior sent out His disciples, not to establish and set up a “Christian” nation, but rather He sent them out to go to all nations to proclaim among the people of all nations, the gospel, good news message of salvation through the redeeming blood and cross of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15; Luke 24: 47).

So, in spite of the exalted claims made by some as to the so-called “Christian” beginnings of this country, Jesus said that we will know them by their fruits – bad fruit comes from a bad tree (Luke 6:43,44).

Jim Holsinger

Grangeville

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