I have been reading Rediscovering Americanism by Mark R. Levin. So when I read Liberating Christian Thought by dpatrickcollins, I guess I was primed to ask this question. Does a nation have a soul? What if the answer is yes?
Questions tend to raise questions. Answers? Those we have to seek. What are some of the questions that that question raised?
- How do we define the soul of a nation?
- What is the difference between the soul of a nation and the souls of the individuals that make up that nation?
- Does the soul of a nation need to be saved? If so, what is the responsibility of the Christian citizens of that nation? How do we work to save the soul of a nation? Do Christian churches and congregations have a role in tending to the soul of their own nation? Other nations?
- What does the Bible say about nations? The Bible uses some form of the word nation or country hundreds of times. Does the Bible say each nation has a soul or spirit? Does it it even suggest such a thing? With respect to nations, what does the Bible tell us to do?
In America we make much of the separation of church and state, but our Constitution speaks of no such thing. Instead, what our Constitution declares is that we cannot use the power of the government to establish our own religion as the religion of this country. That is, government does not have the power to deprive anyone of the right to exercise their own religious beliefs. Therefore, we have the right to exercise our religious beliefs in full view in the public square, but what are we supposed to do as Christians? What does our Lord expect of us? Does loving our neighbor include loving our country as well? If so, how do we do that? What does Jesus expect us to do for the nations of the world?
In part 2, I will offer my own opinion, but I am still do some head scratching. Often I write my posts trying to figure out what I should believe. When I am uncertain, I don’t see much point in getting in a hurry. It is better to listen. So please feel free to offer your own opinions.