It’s all part of a rededication ceremony, apparently. The U.S.A. isn’t godly enough already so God has to be officially invited by as many churches as possible or the States are doomed. Doomed!!1eleventy1
It’s hard to tell by the article, but Pastor Steven Andrew, the author of Making A Strong Christian Nation might be the one behind the push by USA Christian Ministries to flood their market with glossy posters and pamphlets preaching their message. Their aim is to remind everyone of the American Revolution with their motto and what they claim the Founding Fathers stood for in the first place.
“We are encouraging all churches to include the covenant insert in their bulletins on Sunday, July 3rd,” said Pastor Steven. “We also ask individuals and other patriotic groups like the Tea Party, homeschool groups and pro-life America to distribute the handout and to pray the covenant on July 4th.”
“Pastors know that a national covenant with God brings God’s blessings, including God’s presence, protection and economic prosperity,” adds Pastor Steven Andrew. The Bible shows us King Asa called the people to affirm their covenant with God and God blessed them (2 Chronicles 15).
I won’t quote the prayer he thinks everyone needs to say this very second to make sure this really works.
They can do what they want, of course. Free country, freedom of speech and all that stuff. Never mind that the Founding Fathers also had some kind of separation of church and state thing in mind when they planned things out. Creationists want to claim it’s a myth, funny enough, but I think it’s fair to state that the writings speak for the men themselves.
I feel compelled to quote Thomas Paine from his book, Age of Reason, via rationalrevolution:
“Of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, there is none more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory in itself, than this thing called Christianity.”
He was a deist and of the opinion that belief in a god, however defined, should be enough for anyone. Creating religions and myths to fill them with was a waste of time and energy and brain power.
As far as belief in gods goes, if people want to believe, I don’t really care that much. I think opposite, is all. Belief in a god isn’t the problem; it’s what people do because of the belief that gets problematic. If believers would just stop at “I believe” instead of adding, “and so should you or you’ll go to hell and burn for eternity,” I think we’d all be better off.
I’ll quote from rationalrevolution again:
The Declaration of Independence would have been clearly recognizable as deistic at the time it was written. The Declaration did not, for example, state: “In the name of The Lord God Jesus Christ,” as would have been a much more traditional reference to the Christian God in a manner that was used by Europeans at the time. The Declaration was written during the height of the Enlightenment when Deism was popular and widely known. Deistic language was easy to recognize by people of the time because Deists avoided all of the traditional references to the Christian God.
Pastors like Steven Andrew deliberately ignore that distinction in order to sell their ideology to the masses. All that tea party crap, all the “America’s a Christian Nation!” garbage.. it’s all deliberate misrepresentation of history in order to promote a specifically Christian-themed future for the country and its people. If they have to rewrite history in order to “prove” it, that should be more than enough evidence that they have no legs to stand on in the first place.