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“What are we doing to emulate Christ? What are we doing to serve? In my opinion, Christian nationalism is one big self-absorbed pity party. Get over yourself. Get at someone’s feet and start washing. Don’t argue about politics; show a better way.”
These comments came at the end of our 30-minute interview with Rob Stutzman on BlogTalkRadio last night. I highly recommend you listen to the podcast of our show during which we discussed the rise of Christian nationalism in this country and ended up with questions like: What are we doing to serve the migrants? What are we doing to accept the refugees, while still doing what we have to do to preserve law and order and controlled borders? What are we doing to protect democracy and religious freedom around the world? What are we doing about genocide? What are we doing to work for justice? If we want to engage with this country, there are a wide spectrum of things we can be doing that are outward-focused and serving-oriented.
It’s not so important that America identifies as a Christian nation as it is important that you and I live as followers of Christ, and we don’t have to live in a Christian nation to do that. As a matter of fact, it probably doesn’t help the cause at all, especially if one thinks they are a Christian because they are an American. Just as our Christian brothers and sisters all over the world who are part of our Christian community here at the Catch will attest, where you live doesn’t determine who you are or what you believe. We determine what we believe based on our faith and our commitment to Christ.
The difference we make in the world is what we do based on our values which are directed by the word of God and Christ in us — things like justice, kindness, generosity, compassion, and mostly, in all cases, love.
Nations and public policy are all about top down change; we are all about bottom up change as we serve the needs of those around us. Yes, we all have a responsibility to the nation we belong to — the Bible tells us to obey the ruling authorities — but our primary allegiance is to the kingdom of God and the inter-working of that kingdom among the people within our sphere of influence. That’s true for America and all the countries we represent here at the Catch.
Preach it brother. Among the most devoted to Jesus churches in the world today are those in China and Iran – hmm!
Great Catch, John. Rob hit it right on the head. Nationalism is bad for any nation.
I’m clapping loudly!!
So true about commitment to Christ which is the main purpose. Don’t need any nationalism to mess that up in any way. Thanks for a hit yourself right on the nose message.
Thanks Toni. You got it right the first time!
I will try again.
Nationalism led to Hitler. There are too many believing leaders today who are using their positions politically and underestimating the power of their words. Instead of building up, they are tearing down and feeling righteous about it. How sad that we can be our own worst enemy.