|U.S. Representative Steve King of Iowa |
I cannot count the number of times I have heard my fellow Christians repeat 2 Chronicles 7:14 when talking about the need for spiritual renewal in America. “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” . American Christians have been talking about the need for this national repentance way before I ever came to Christ. It is understandable why spiritual leaders interested in the health of the U.S. keep quoting this. The founders of America founded it as a Christian nation regardless of what the critics say. That is not to say they meant the United States to be a theocracy. There has never been an official national religion here. The Constitution forbids the federal government from establishing a national church. The abuses of government-runned churches were what the founders fled from in fact. Our spiritual makeup was decidedly and boldly Christian however. America was 98% Protestant in 1776 .
It is those Christian foundations that make the United States of America an exceptional country. Exceptionalism does not mean that Americans are born better than other people. It does not mean we are better than other people in the world. It means the foundations of our country are vastly unique from any other that has ever existed. It is because of these unique Christian foundations that the United States has been the most successful and prosperous Gentile nation on Earth. The United States has been an exception for freedom in a world that has been mostly known for tyranny and oppression. America has bent over backwards to make up for its past where it has experimented with tyranny and oppression itself. It is not perfect and never has been. That cannot discount what the country has been and what it has accomplished though.
U.S. Representative from Iowa Steve King asked his audience to elect a conservative President to usher in the next era of American exceptionalism late last week. He said we need a President who will rip Obamacare out by the roots by passing a simple 40-word bill he has that would make it as if Obamacare were never passed in the first place. His other major points were restoring the Constitution, its separation of powers, strengthening the national defense, and abolishing the Internal Revenue Service .
These are lofty goals that would be great to have in the next President of the United States. Where this prescription to cure America’s ills misses it is at the root of the problem though. Obamacare, the abuse of the Constitution, the President acting like a monarch instead of an elected official subject to laws, and the growth of government are all legitimate problems that need to be addressed to restore the fruits of American exceptionalism. The core of American exceptionalism is our dependence on the triune God of the Old and New Testaments. All of these other problems are just manifestations of a deeper spiritual problem that could only be cured by a 21st century Great Awakening-style movement among the citizenry. Our government is a reflection of the overall population. Government will be cleaned up when America’s population stops being Christian by self-label only and actually begins to live for the God in whom they say they believe in when asked by a pollster.
- 2 Chronicles 7:14. Modern English Version. Bible Gateway, n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2015. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+7%3A14&version=MEV
- Kosmin, Barry A., and Seymour Lachman. One Nation under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society. New York: Harmony, 1993. 28-29. Print.
- Petroski, William. "Steve King: Let's Restore the Soul of America." Des Moines Register. Rick Green, 24 Jan. 2015. Web. 28 Jan. 2015. http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2015/01/24/steve-king-iowa-freedom-summit/22271113/