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The Dangers of Christian Nationalism

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“Can you imagine what a difference it would make if Christians ran for all positions at all levels of our country – city council, school board, mayor? We need to get involved and take a stand for biblical values ​​and morals before it’s too late. If you agree, share this. –Franklin Graham

This quote reflects the attitude of many Christians in America today. It reveals a deep desire to take control of the US government – to gain power over our enemies and exert the political pressure necessary to bring our nation back to God.

Of course, this is still phrased in language that suggests that our nation was founded on Christian principles and that if Christians would simply vote the “right way” and “stand for biblical values,” our nation would regain its godliness. original.

I always wonder how exactly this miracle would take place. As far as I know, no one has ever actually explained the logic of this fantasy. Once every political office in America was filled by a Christian, would there be a magical shift in the collective consciousness of the American people? Would everyone suddenly stop in their tracks and everyone agree that it was time to get moral and righteous?

Honestly, I don’t think even Franklin Graham himself actually believes in this scenario. I think what they believe would actually happen is deliberately unspoken because of how utterly awful and insane it sounds when you say it out loud.

You see, for Christians to really get the power – and keep it – they should start using that same power to start passing as many “Christian laws” as possible. Eventually, once enough of these laws were on the books, non-Christians would have no choice but to start acting more like Christians want them to act.

Sound good to you? Probably not.

What’s even more ridiculous about Franklin Graham’s political fantasy is the idea that a government made up entirely of Christian politicians would automatically lead to national unity.

Seriously? Have you ever been to a Church business meeting? Since when do large groups of Christians agree on anything?

Maybe Franklin Graham should join a few Christian groups on Facebook for a week. It might help him realize how stupid his idea really is.


Christians from the same church can’t agree on the paint color of the baptistery, just imagine a Christian Congress made up of Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists, Charismatics and Pentecostals trying to agree on a railway system or a school curriculum audience.

Chaos.

As entertaining as Franklin Graham’s view of American politics may be, let’s at least agree on one thing: that’s not what Jesus has in mind for his people.

Not once did Jesus suggest that his followers attempt to control people by political means. In fact, it was Satan who offered Jesus this same opportunity during those 40 days in the desert, and Jesus refused to advance His Kingdom by political means. Why on earth would we decide to start yielding to Satan’s temptation now?

Jesus had a plan. It is good. It’s about getting closer to him on a daily basis and transforming into people who look like him. It involves helping those around us to submit to His rule and rule to experience the same transformational love that we ourselves have experienced. It involves transforming people – one at a time – into people who will love God and love others, regardless of the laws on the books or the penalties for breaking them.

What Franklin Graham and others like him want is a Christian theocracy, pure and simple. Even our founding fathers did not want such an America. Why would anyone want to rewrite the Constitution so drastically, especially if they claim it was inspired by God Himself? [Note: It wasn’t]

Like it or not, our nation was created very intentionally to be a nation where people of all religions – Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism or none of these religions – would be free to worship or not to worship. , as they wish.

Any attempt to merge Church and State can only end badly. Just look at the history books.

Let the state wield the sword. May the Church bear the cross. Let the two never try to change seats.

Or, as a great Christian evangelist wisely observed:


“I would mind if there was a marriage between religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it. – Billy Graham (Parade Magazine, 1981)

The only hope for our nation is Jesus. Let’s get rid of the political absurdity and come back to Christ while there is still time.

NOTE: This message was adapted from my book, “Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics to Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb” by Keith Giles [Foreword by Greg Boyd]available now on PAPERBACK and KINDLE
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Keith Giles is the author of the new bestseller, SOLA MYSTERIUM: Celebrating the beautiful uncertainty of everything, available now on Amazon. Keith is also the host of Second Cup with Keith, a new solo podcast available now on the Ethos Radio appfor Apple and android and on Spotify. Keith is also a longtime co-host of PODCAST HERETIC HAPPY HOUR.