Did Christianity have anything to do with the prosperity of America?

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“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth” (Deuteronomy 28:1).

Religions and philosophies affect societies and produce certain outcomes. America has achieved an unprecedented progress in the financial, technological, scientific, and educational fields in the last 200 years. And it has reached a greater level of prosperity than any nation in human history.

Without doubt the Christian influence has enhanced human progress with the freedoms provided in its constitution. These freedoms and rights caused America to excel more than other nations in the humanitarian outreach. The Christian faith helped originate the abolition of slavery, instituting hospitals, building children homes, and other charities in our nation. It is obvious that the Lord has blessed America ”Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).

But when the Christian ideals and principles are set aside, a nation weakens. The Founding Father, Jedidiah Morse warned saying: “To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoy. In proportion as the genuine effects of Christianity are diminished in any nation, either through unbelief, or the corruption of its doctrines, or the neglect of its institutions; in the same proportion will the people of that nation recede from the blessings of genuine freedom, and approximate the miseries of complete despotism” Morse, Jedidiah (1799), A Sermon, Exhibiting the Present Dangers and Consequent Duties of the Citizens of the United States of America

Secular humanists in America are striving to erase the Christian influence from the civil, judicial, and educational sectors. If these actions continue, America will loose its previous prosperity among the nations of the world and will not enjoy its former standing.

But there is still hope:If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). A nationwide, spiritual awakening is needed – not by legislating religion but in the private lives of its citizens.

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In His service,
BibleAsk Team


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