Southern Baptist Spokesman: We Are Not a Christian Nation

Christian America bookWhen I wrote Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?: A Historical Introduction in 2011 I hoped that it might make an impact on the way my fellow Christians think about the relationship between Christianity and the American founding.

I don’t know if Russell Moore of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention has read Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? or is even aware of it,  but I am encouraged by the fact that as a spokesman of conservative evangelicalism he is taking a strong stand against the idea that the United States is or ever was a Christian nation.

Here is a taste of an article  from Baptist News Global on Moore’s critique of Christian America.

In a Gospel Coalition video posted May 4 in advance of this week’s National Day of Prayer, Russell Moore of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission said if applied sociologically to mean that most people in the country profess to be Christians, the United States “was and is a Christian nation.”

“That’s not what most people mean, though, when they say Christian nation,” Moore said. “What they mean is the idea that God was in covenant with the United States of America in order to bless the United States of America as a special people, as a new Israel, as a group of people covenanted under Christianity. And the answer to that is clearly no.”

Read the entire post here.  I am not sure I would explain Christian nationalists as proponents of “theological liberalism,” but I am glad to see progress on this front.