If America no longer wants to be a ‘Christian Nation’…

What Exactly is Better?

Oghenovo Obrimah, PhD

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AChristian Nation’ is not a nation made up in entirety of people who profess faith in the name of Jesus Christ. A Christian Nation is a country that functions on Christian principles.

But if Christian principles are discriminatory in character, clearly they are not ideal to mediation of relationships within societies that already are secular in composition. Suppose, however, that Christian principles can be shown to be secular in character. We have then that it cannot be discriminatory for a country that is founded on Christian beliefs to characterize itself to be a ‘Christian Nation’.

What then are

principles of a ‘Christian Nation’?

The First principle of a ‘Christian Nation’ is Love that looks out not only for his or her own interests, but also for the interests of others. In Finance and Economics, this principle is referred to as interest in arrival at Pareto optimal outcomes. Whenever there is Pareto optimality of outcomes in society, with acknowledgement of constraints of mutual coexistence in tow, everyone attains to the best possible outcomes. Pareto optimal outcomes are possible because society recognizes everyone’s minimum claims. It would be the case for example, that the rest of society would be willing to tolerate an increase in inflation from 3.0% to 3.50% so everyone who possesses necessary qualifications, and who seeks a job can have one. This of course is one of the objectives of the Federal Reserve, which is, achieving a balance between inflation and full employment.

The Second principle is Justice. Justice of course is self explanatory, yet people have many different conceptions of what exactly constitutes justice. Within context of Christian sensibilities, justice means people who set out deliberately to hurt others are deterred from such behaviors. Simultaneously, people who enhance everyone else’s welfare with their actions are rewarded for such behaviors.

Deterrence of course is not the same thing as punishment. When people are deterred, the focus is on helping them arrive at the realization that an evil course of behavior is bad not just for others, but also for themselves. The focus is not on beating down of such…

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Oghenovo Obrimah, PhD

Educator and Researcher, Believer in Spirituality, Life is serious business, but we all are pilgrims so I write about important stuff with empathy and ethos