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A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

When Exactly Did America Turn Its Back on God?

In light of the school shooting on Monday in TN, we have to endure once again the cacophony of voices that the real solution to America's ills is to turn back to God. I wrote what is below a year ago and it remains relevant. So I ask the following:

There are those who say, "We need to take America back for God!" So, at one point then, America was, to say it as the pledge does, "under God."

Exactly when was America under God? In the eighteenth century when it was legal to own another human being? Did God not view black people as being in his own image? After all, what's a little slavery among friends?

How about the nineteenth century with the many atrocities committed against indigenous people-- the Battle of Tippecanoe (1811), the Trail of Tears (1830-1840), the Sand Creek Massacre (1864)? Just three out of many examples. What's a little murder, mayhem, and terrorism in the name of divine manifest destiny?

How about the twentieth century? Jim Crow throughout the first half+ of the 1900s? The illegality of interracial marriage? Race riots where whites murdered and destroyed the property of  black Americans-- Georgia in 1906, Tulsa in 1921? How about repeatedly using the law to suppress the minority vote? And I cant forget lynching? After all, what's a little racism among friends?

Please clarify for me what has happened in the past fifty to seventy years that has been so disastrous that America has rejected God and needs to be welcomed back? What needs to be done politically to take America back for God? What kind of myopic view of American history, and spiritually truncated understanding of Christianity is it that sees American history from 1619 to 1950 as somehow God blessed, but in the past fifty years we have so fallen morally that we "have turned our backs on Him?"

"Tis a puzzlement.


Karen said...

Thank you for these good comments and saying them again. “Make America great again” is the same idea to me. When was it great? When women couldn’t vote or even own a credit card in their own name? When banks made it difficult for people of color to get a loan? When city governments decided it was all right to put interstates through the middle of thriving black neighborhoods?

We have always had our blond spots and struggles as a country and they really don’t change much over time.

Allan R. Bevere said...

Thank you for your comments.