24 June 2011 will be for some the defining moment that sealed America’s doom. That is the day marriage equality became the law of the land in New York State. Many conservative religious leaders and others within their congregations see this law, not as giving equal rights to a long neglected minority, but rather “THE” sign that their god will stop blessing america, for up until this point america has been a Christian nation following after god and he has been blessing.
I thought that it might be interesting to look at how well america has been living out it’s supposed Christian identity…
I could start with the European “christians” slaughter of Native Americans or the death of hundreds of individuals accused of witchcraft early in our history, or even the “christians” that owned slaves and believed it was Biblical and right. But that would take up a lot of time and pages here, so lets look at recent history.
America is number three for the production and distribution of pornography worldwide. Billions of dollars are made every year and it has been reported that to stop the porn industry would hurt the US economy. At least 211 porn films are produced each week.
America is number one in the sale and worldwide distribution of black market weaponry.
America is number one in divorce rates worldwide.
1.3 million women every year are injured or killed by their partners in domestic violence.
An average of 4 american children a day die from neglect or abuse.
America is number one in obesity in developed countries, 34% of Americans are overweight.
Every year the average American consumes the same amount as more than 400 Africans.
15.4 million Americans live in extreme poverty
1 in 7 americans have no health care.
This list is incomplete, of course, but one only has to look at it and realize that if the God and Creator of the universe was going to judge a country, it would not be for giving equal rights to a small portion of its citizenry. It would be for that countries greed, pride and lack of compassion for the suffering of those within and without its borders.
God’s heart as always been for the poor and the sick and the suffering, for those who have no power to help themselves. It should be our heart too.