Does a Conservative have to be a Christian? No. Does an American have to believe that America is a Christian nation? No. But if one understands the importance of the contributions that Bible-believing Christians made to America, it is easier to be a Conservative Republican who loves America.
So let’s consider what is so special about what Christians believe. What is the core idea of Christianity? Jesus redeemed us.
- We cannot save ourselves.
- Because He loves us Jesus paid the price for our sins.
How did Jesus redeem us? In obedience to God, He became our high priest (Hebrews 5:1-10). He lived as a man (Philippians 2:6-11), sacrificed Himself on cross (Mark 15), and He rose from the dead (John 20).
We have little conception of the price Jesus paid for our redemption. Consider how this line mystifies us.
Hebrews 5:8 English Standard Version (ESV)
8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.
Jesus is God! What could He have learned? Yet as He died He cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34). What was it like for the Son, who had been with the Father for an eternity to suddenly be separated from the Father by the burden of our sin? Our sin. Was this the price Jesus paid for His obedience? And He paid it out of love? For us? Sinners? Why?
Christianity teaches that all men are brothers, that we are all God’s children, that we belong to Him. Thus He gives our rights. And that we must allow nothing — nothing — to come between us and our love and obedience to God. Anything that comes between us and God is an idol. Forbidden. Thus, as Thomas Paine wrote in Common Sense (see ONE OF THE SINS OF THE JEWS), when they asked for a king, the Jews displeased God. Here is what God told Samuel.
1 Samuel 8:6-9 English Standard Version (ESV)
6 But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. 8 According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you. 9 Now then, obey their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.”
And warn them is what Samuel did, but the Jews, wanting to be like other nations (sort of like Americans wanting to be like the socialists in Europe) still demanded a king. So to their sorrow, God gave them a king.
Bible believing Christians, the Americans who founded this nation had little desire to idolize government. They wanted no king. They wanted no more government than necessary. What they wanted was a government that protected the rights of their families, friends, and neighbors. And because they understood that they were Christians and Jesus had not ordained any particular type of government for Christians, they knew their government would be one of their own invention. So the Constitution does not mention God or affirm that it is of God. Instead, they prayed for His guidance. And when they felt He had given it, they humbly thanked Him for His Divine Providence. For example, as George Washington neared the end of his 4th State of the Union message he offered the Gentlemen of the Senate and of the House of Representatives these words.
The results of your common deliberations hitherto will, I trust, be productive of solid and durable advantages to our constituents, such as, by conciliating more and more their ultimate suffrage, will tend to strengthen and confirm their attachment to that Constitution of Government upon which, under Divine Providence, materially depend their union, their safety, and their happiness. (from here)
For a better explanation of what George Washington, the man who presided over the Constitutional Convention, thought about God, see George Washington, Proclamation: A National Thanksgiving. Washington made it quite clear that he thought we should “unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations.”