Friday, Apr 16, 2021

How Christian Nationalism Differs from Christianity and Patriotism

An explainer on how Christian Nationalism differs from other forms of nationalism, patriotism, and Christianity.

Must Read

How to Stop Playing Small and Receive All God Has For You

It's okay to push others towards greatness, but it's not okay if we're playing small in our own lives. Pursue the big plans God has for you.

Finding Calm After Broken Pieces of Peace

Sometimes our peace falls apart. That's when the Prince of Peace puts all the broken pieces back together again.

Watch the “Monster” Trailer, Coming to Neflix May 7th

Does a single decision define who you are? Check out Monster on Netflix, coming May 7th with an all-star cast.

You’ve probably seen headlines recently about the evils of Christian nationalism, especially since December’s Jericho March in Washington, DC, and since a mob of Trump supporters—many sporting Christian signs, slogans, or symbols—rioted and stormed the US Capitol building on January 6.

What is Christian nationalism, and how is it different from Christianity? How is it different from patriotism? How should Christians think about nations, especially about the United States? If nationalism is bad, does that mean we should reject nationality and national loyalty altogether?

What is patriotism, and is it good?

Patriotism is the love of country. It is different from nationalism, which is an argument about how to define our country. Christians should recognize that patriotism is good because all of God’s creation is good and patriotism helps us appreciate our particular place in it. Our affection and loyalty to a specific part of God’s creation help us do the good work of cultivating and improving the part we happen to live in. As Christians, we can and should love the United States—which also means working to improve our country by holding it up for critique and working for justice when it errs.

What is nationalism?

There are many definitions of nationalism and an active debate about how best to define it. I reviewed the standard academic literature on nationalism and found several recurring themes. Most scholars agree that nationalism starts with the belief that humanity is divisible into mutually distinct, internally coherent cultural groups defined by shared traits like language, religion, ethnicity, or culture. From there, scholars say, nationalists believe that these groups should each have their own governments; that governments should promote and protect …

Continue reading

News brought to you by Christianity Today

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Featured

Gender Identity & LGBTQ Agendas: The Covert Attack on God’s Creative Authority

Satan has long attacked the creative authority and order of God. How do the LGBTQ and gender-neutral agendas fit in his arsenal? Read on.
- Advertisement -

More Articles Like This

X