Tony Perkins’ The Washington Update has an article that should be very troubling to Christians across America.
It talks about “Christian nationalism.”
Most disturbing is the fact that it comes from a group of left-leaning church leaders!
They claim this new type of nationalism is a “persistent threat to both our religious communities and our democracy. Christian nationalism seeks to merge Christian and American identities, distorting both the Christian faith and America’s constitutional democracy. Christian nationalism demands Christianity be privileged by the State and implies that to be a good American, one must be Christian.”
If this doesn’t upset you, perhaps you should ask yourself “why?” and evaluate your relationship to Jesus.
This is a dangerous idea planted by theologically liberal “Christians” to defeat those who do not agree with their liberalism. It is no different than what politicians do to nullify, denigrate, and vilify their opponents. The fact that it comes from within “the church” is more than disappointing.
Ever since Lyndon B. Johnson ramrodded the Johnson Amendment through congress in 1954, pastors and churches have been denied their First Amendment Right of free speech. Now this idea of “Christian Nationalism” seeks to do the same thing to all believers and separate them from the political arena.
These people need to study two important documents (well, one is a book): The United States Constitution, and the Bible.
The Constitution is based on Biblical principles, and it doesn’t really matter how much some people ignore that fact, it is clear and supported by irrevocable proof from what we know about the Founding Fathers.
The Bible — the entire Bible — is the inerrant and infallible Word of God; written by men inspired by the Holy Spirit (God’s Spirit).
Born-again Christians have dual citizenship: one on the earth, one in the Heavenly Kingdom. They know what is required of them to be a citizen of both. They understand the duties they have in promoting both, and never seek to force anyone to the same beliefs either religiously or politically.
All Bible-believing Christians reject “white supremacy” and “racial subjugation” which backers of the “Against Christian nationalism” campaign claim is inherent to Christian nationalism. However, this is a redefinition of terms and an attempt to drive patriotic Christians from the public square at a time when social conservatives are making tremendous gains on life and religious liberty at the state and federal level.
There’s another fact that Bible-believing Christians will admit: American is not really a Christian nation — not any more. A look across the spectrum of society easily reveals this. That is the very reason Christians must strive to make America into what it can be, into what it has been in the past– a shining light of Freedom in the World, and in Eternity.
Christians ought to affirm God’s providential working in history. The material blessings of the United States are not unconnected from the Christian morality that has undergirded our country, and Christians should continue to exert their influence at all levels of government, while allowing a free marketplace of ideas that allows for open debate and religious freedom.
“You don’t light a lamp and put it under a bowl; instead, you put it on it’s stand so that it gives light to everyone. ” (Book of Matthew chap. 5)
Christians are the light of the world, illuminating the path to redemption and reconciliation to God while being a moral pillar in society.
Go and do likewise.