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The Myth of America as a Christian Nation

From evangelical Pastor and author Brian Mclaren:

"...Somehow we Christians, especially evangelicals, convinced ourselves of the myth that America used to be a Christian nation -- "our" nation -- and some bad people took it away from us.

Let me just ask: When was it a Christian nation? When we were killing, culturally imprisoning, and stealing the lands of millions of native peoples in a New World version of the holocaust? When we were importing and exporting millions of slaves?

I believe the Christian nation myth is untrue, but more than that, it is pernicious for what it does to us. The myth turns us into victims (Those bad buys took away our country!) aggressors (We're going to take it back, so watch out!) and defenders (Quick, circle the wagons!).

As aggressive, defensive victims, we hardly carry the posture of Jesus Christ, who came to seek and save the lost, who had compasion on the nameless crowds. "

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