Of course, I have an opinion and am open to share it. But I start my thoughts in a different place. Dr. Francis Schaeffer has noted that "the men who laid the foundation of the United States Constitution were not Christians in the full sense, and yet they built upon the basis of the Reformation either directly through the Lex, Rex tradition or indirectly through Locke." (see Samuel Rutherford, John Locke, and Thomas Jefferson progression)
I almost get the sense that fundamentalists were quick to pick up the United States' overall movement from a Christian memory to an attempt to separate Christianity from the US government; therefore, the honest historians quickly began to remind the US of several strong Christians in our past. With the boom of the evangelical movement, we start to see Christians painting our founding fathers as righteous, God fearing, Bible believing individuals. But the more I explore, I get the feeling that the general concensus of most of our founding fathers is best stated by Benjamin Franklin: "As to Jesus of Nazareth, my Opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the System of Morals and his Religion, as he left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see." And they stopped there.
So what has been the effect of the over-emphasis of our god-respecting founding fathers? We have come to believe that the United States is or was a Christian nation! Besides being grammatically wrong, the more I explore the more I find that an over-emphasis of our Christian background is just as bad as an under-emphasis.
So I ask you to find for me (just a few) God fearing, Bible believing presidents of the United States who had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is going to be very difficult. Yet, God has blessed us as a nation and has continued to do so. So maybe our blessings are not coming from righteous leaders. Wasn't Babylon blessed by God? So too it was destroyed by God!
I agree with Voddie that many have tried to paint McCain and Palin as leaders of Biblical proportion--which they are not. So maybe as a voter today our question should not be should we vote for a King David verses a King Ahab (which is unfortunately not the option we have), but maybe we should be determining if we should vote for a Caesar Augustus verses a Nero.
Just some thoughts. They are not completely developed in my head yet. The question I am struggling with is does God require nations to abide by his guidelines for Christians?