David Lane’s Historical Nonsense

David Lane’s Historical Nonsense January 15, 2015

David Lane, the most powerful figure on the Christian right that you may never have heard (he has replaced Ralph Reed as the primary kingmaker), has a real problem with history. He doesn’t know the difference between a British colony charter and the United States of America.

In 1607 Jamestown founder Robert Hunt began to set down America’s foundation with these words:

“We do hereby Dedicate this Land, and ourselves, to reach the People within these shores with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to raise up Godly generations after us, and with these generations take the Kingdom of God to all the earth. May this Covenant of Dedication remain to all generations, as long as this earth remains, and may this Land, along with England, be Evangelist to the World.”

This covenant is still in force. God does not forget, even if we do.

Must have learned his history at Regent University. No, the charter of Jamestown was not “America’s foundation.” Quite the opposite, actually. Jamestown was a British colony granted by a king who claimed the divine right to rule. It’s hard to imagine a system less like the one created by the Constitution, which was written, perhaps Lane might recall, after we fought a revolution to overthrow British rule.

American exceptionalism blusters, “In our prosperity, we shall never be moved.” Ah, but what has godless secularism produced? Red ink as far as the eye can see: racism, injustice, the murder of fifty-five million babies, the advancement of the homosexual agenda, fatherless homes, an epidemic of drugs and crime and the widespread acceptance and usage of pornography, especially among America’s youth.

Really? Godless secularism caused all those things? Fascinating. And fucking stupid.

More to the point, there can be no reconciliation of opposites, particularly the spiritual and the secular.Therefore, we need to establish if America is a pagan or Christian nation and get on with it—the sooner the better. The peacemakers are ones who are blessed (Matt. 5:9), not the peace “hopers,” the peace “wishers,” or the peace “talkers.” We have to make the peace: either secularism or Christian values are going to reign supreme.

Ah yes, the false dichotomy. Of course, lots of Christians are strongly opposed to your authoritarian vision of a “Christian nation” and oppose your attempts to impose it on the nation.

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