The United States has always prided itself in proclaiming that we are a nation that was built on Christian values. Yet, upon closer observation, true Christian values include a variety of things that we have historically and currently have failed to live up to. Historically, we established this nation by virtually annihilating the Native Americans who had settled here many thousands of years before the Europeans sailed the mighty Atlantic Ocean. The honored Founding Fathers who fought and died for liberty and justice for all men, owned slaves, got rich from the African slave trade and reduced those of African descent to being mere chattel, not recognized as being even human, but rather animals. The Chinese were treated as slave laborers during the building of the transatlantic railroad and American-Japanese were imprisoned as enemies of the state in internment camps, during World War II.
Currently, the war on poverty has become the war against the impoverished. Immoral lifestyles are being supported and viewed as an alternative. The disabled, senior citizens and others that are considered outside of what society defines as being viable and contribulatory are treated as second class citizens. Then there is the question of immigration. Oddly, this issue is a hotbed one, even though every citizen that makes up this country is a descendant of an immigrant. We are came off of a ship, boat or dingy.
So, when we say, Christian values, exactly what do we mean? We will be looking at St. Matthew 25: 34-40, Hebrews 13:1-3, Acts 4:32,34, 1 John 3: 16-18, and 1 John 4:20-21.
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