Christian Nationalism vs Patriotism- Christian Podcast

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Christian Nationalism vs Patriotism on the RIOT Podcast, a Christian podcast. Thanks for joining us, hope you enjoy the conversation.


Bob Reads from: Ben Franklin June 28, 1787 Constitutional Convention:

• What is Christian Nationalism?

Christian nationalism is the belief that the American nation is defined by Christianity, and that the government should take active steps to keep it that way. Popularly, Christian nationalists assert that America is and must remain a “Christian nation.

• How is Christian Nationalism Dangerous?

Christianity today article went on to say When nationalists go about constructing their nation, they have to define who is, and who is not, part of the nation. there are always dissidents and minorities who do not or cannot conform to the nationalists’ preferred cultural template. In the absence of moral authority, nationalists can only establish themselves by force. Scholars are almost unanimous that nationalist governments tend to become authoritarian and oppressive in practice. Christian nationalism tends to treat other Americans as second-class citizens. If it were fully implemented, it would not respect the full religious liberty of all Americans. Empowering the state through “morals legislation” to regulate conduct always carries the risk of overreaching, setting a bad precedent, and creating governing powers that could be used later be used against Christians

• Can Christians be politically engaged without being Christian nationalists?

Yes. American Christians in the past helped establish the American experiment, and many American Christians worked to end slavery and segregation and other evils. They did so because they believed Christianity required them to work for justice. But they worked to advance Christian principles, not Christian power or Christian culture, which is the key distinction between normal Christian political engagement and Christian nationalism. Normal Christian political engagement is humble, loving, and sacrificial; it rejects the idea that Christians are entitled to.

• What is the definition of Patriotism:
Patriotism is the love of country regardless of what Country you come from. 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 helps us do the good work of cultivating and improving the part we happen to live in. As Christians, we can and should love our Country and everyone in it—which also means working to improve our country by holding it up for critique and working for justice when it errs.


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