Is America a Christian Nation?

Via Benjamin Riggs
on Sep 28, 2011
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Stephen Colbert on being a Christian nation…

“If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”

*many thanks to Sandra Wilson for sharing this quote with me.


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4 Responses to “Is America a Christian Nation?”

  1. Marc says:

    Stephen Colbert is a practicing devoted Roman Catholic

  2. Bondservant says:

    Millions of American Christians are helping the poor every day by donating money to child sponsorship programs and other charities, adopting children, providing foster care, and serving in their churches and communities. These individuals and the programs they support generally make better decisions and are more financially responsible than their government counterparts who are demanding more money for expansion and new programs that do not seem to make less poor people. I bet most of these Christians give a larger percentage of their time and money to the poor than than Stepehen Colbert does. 2 other quick points- Jesus taught individuals to give from the heart where they were led, not creating government programs to forcefully take money from people and redistribute it where the government wants to. Second, the poor in the U.S. are richer than 95% of the world. Half the world works for $3 a day or less, that is if they can find work.

  3. Martina says:

    "the poor in the U.S. are richer than 95% of the world. Half the world works for $3 a day or less, that is if they can find work"

    What are you trying to say? It's like comparing us to our parents who walked 5 miles to school hungry and without shoes. Let's just stay with the subject of here and now.

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