John Melangton, Stuart
Letter: The status of America’s Christian tradition should be preserved
While our country’s settlers brought Christianity to America, and the founders of our prized democratic form of republic were undoubtedly of the same religious faith, the advent of other religious faiths has subjected Christianity to being questioned as to its relevance and importance in today’s American society. Meanwhile, we have a growing number of atheists and agnostics who are offended by the recognition and respect which most of us believe Christianity should continue receiving.
Christians have Jesus Christ, who was created by their God to support and strengthen their religious belief and provide a model for them to follow in living their own lives. Without the birth and life and death of Jesus Christ, there would be no Christians. Their religious faith would relate only to belief without living proof as provided by Jesus.
Most importantly, his death on the cross is deemed to be an act of love and forgiveness of sins for all Christians. Although Muslims have their prophet of Islam, Muhammad, who provided living support for faith in their god, there is no rationale for comparing Muhammad to Jesus Christ.
American Christians have always enjoyed freedom to pray in public gatherings and to express their faith and trust in God, in various important ways. But the American Civil Liberties Union and other non-Christian agencies insist that this practice is offensive to other Americans and should be discouraged.
Ethnic and religious changes in our country should not suggest that we must make critical changes in our way of living and thinking just to optimize the comfort of new Americans. While we welcome and respect the beliefs and customs immigrants bring with them, they need to respect our customs and traditions while they learn to be part of our American culture.
Most Americans share “Trust in God” and want the world to know it.