When I was a kid and in my younger adult days, the vast majority of Americans believed that Christmas was about celebrating the birth of Jesus. They believed that many of the nativity depictions portrayed a real historical event when our Creator God humbled Himself and came to earth in the form of a helpless child just so He could grow, teach and be the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of mankind in order to reconcile us with Himself.
Yes, there were some in the country that didn’t believe and in the mid-1960s, some of them decided to challenge the Christian foundation that America was built and thrived upon. They filed lawsuits that made their way to the US Supreme Court who sadly reversed their earlier rulings.
In 1892, the US Supreme Court ruled that America was a Christian nation. In the case of Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, Justice David Josiah Brewer wrote:
“No purpose of action against religion can be imputed to any legislation, state or national, because this is a religious people. This is historically true. From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation.” (465)
“There is no dissonance in these declarations. There is a universal language pervading them all, having one meaning; they affirm and reaffirm that this is a religious nation. These are not individual sayings, declarations of private persons: they are organic utterances; they speak the voice of the entire people.” (470)
“If we pass beyond these matters to a view of American life, as expressed by its laws, its business, its customs, and its society, we find every where a clear recognition of the same truth. Among other matters, note the following: the form of oath universally prevailing, concluding with an appeal to the Almighty; the custom of opening sessions of all deliberative bodies and most conventions with prayer; the prefatory words of all wills, ‘In the name of God, amen;’ the laws respecting the observance of the Sabbath, with the general cessation of all secular business, and the closing of courts, legislatures, and other similar public assemblies on that day; the churches and church organizations which abound in every city, town, and hamlet; the multitude of charitable organizations existing every where under Christian auspices; the gigantic missionary associations, with general support, and aiming to establish Christian missions in every quarter of the globe. These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation.” (471) [Emphasis mine]
However, in the mid to late-1960s, the US Supreme Court reverse their stand and systematically ruled to evict God, Jesus, Bible and Christianity, from public schools, government property and more.
When our government evicted God, He turned his blessings away from America and turned the nation over to debauchery, atheism, idolatry, hedonism, homosexuality and many other sins.
If you do a little research into crime rates from say, 1940 to now, you will see how they began to climb once our nation evicted God. Today, we have a nation that is rife with crime, violence, depression, suicide, hopelessness and self-centered greed, lust and self-gratification in many areas of life.
A recent Pew Research Center survey shows how far America has fallen since we evicted God.
“Not only are some of the more religious aspects of Christmas less prominent in the public sphere, but there are signs that they are on the wane in Americans’ private lives and personal beliefs as well. For instance, there has been a noticeable decline in the percentage of U.S. adults who say they believe the biblical elements of that Christmas story – that Jesus was born to a virgin, for example – reflect historical events that actually occurred. And although most Americans still say they mark the occasion as a religious holiday, there has been a slight drop in recent years in the share who say they do this.”
“Currently, 55% of U.S. adults say they celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday, including 46% who see it as more of a religious holiday than a cultural holiday and 9% who celebrate Christmas as both a religious and a cultural occasion. In 2013, 59% of Americans said they celebrated Christmas as a religious holiday, including 51% who saw it as more religious than cultural and 7% who marked the day as both a religious and a cultural holiday.”
This is a direct reflection of our nation turning away from God and as long we keep our backs hardened and turned away from Him, the worse conditions will become.
I know President Donald Trump is trying hard to make America great again, but until we as a nation and people follow the teaching in 2Chronicles 7:14, we will never be great again.
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”