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Shortly before he moved into the Oval Office, Barack Obama declared that if America was once a Christian nation, that no longer is the case.
"Whatever we once were, we're no longer a Christian nation," Obama said. "At least not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, and a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers."
But Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, believes he's wrong. America, he contends, remains a nation based on the Judeo-Christian foundation on which it was launched, and those values will return.
"I think if you are going to reverse engineer America, go back through history … you could not build America without Christianity," he told WND reporter Taylor Rose is an interview that focused on faith, not politics.
"Whether it shows up on our sleeve or in our heart, it's what will restore our nation," he said.
The congressman explained that the rule of law on which free societies function today is traceable to the Ten Commandments, given to Moses by God.
"The rule of law was established in Scripture, under Moses," he explained.
Both Roman and Greek civilizations adopted the concept, and they spread it through the world.
He suggested even Jesus was making statements based on that rule of law when he was brought before the high priest and accused of wrongdoing. His response, King noted, included, "Ask them, they were there."
"He was asserting his right to face his accusers – because of the principles of Mosaic law," the congressman said.
These tenets permeated civilization and were carried across the Atlantic when the U.S. was founded, he said.
King emphasized America must defend the rule of law from attacks "from leftists."
"If there is a display of baby Jesus, they file a lawsuit," he said. "They are trying to scrub religion out of our schools, out of our workplace. Christians have not been strong enough and bold enough … but it's very much the core of who we are."
He said he was debating liberal Alan Colmes one time on radio over the issue of whether the U.S. is Christian. King argued that it is and told Colmes he would prove.
Citing a scenario of a man accidentally running over a neighbor's dog, he listed the expected actions: an explanation that it was not intentional; an apology and expression of sorrow; and a response of forgiveness.
Those actions express the biblical principles of confession, repentance, forgiveness and redemption, he said.
"This is a Christian society."
King said the real solution to America's problems won't be found in Washington.
"The real solution is moms and dads … joined together in holy matrimony raising children in our faith and raising them right," he said.
"I do not believe that America's Christian heritage is lost," said King. "I think it's there. I think it's still strong."