Why have a Courageous Conversation about Christian nationalism? Let’s start by defining what we mean by the phrase, “Christian nationalism.” Nationalism can and should be distinguished from patriotism. They are not synonymous terms. (For example, supporting the military and saying the Pledge of Allegiance does not make a person a Christian nationalist.) Being a Christian who shows pride or supports his/her country of residence does not make that individual a Christian nationalist. Support for the nation where we reside is not wrong; in fact, Christians are commanded to pray for those in political leadership (Romans 13).
Nationalism includes affirmations such as “all citizens should speak a certain language” and identifying with the nation as one’s highest allegiance. Christian nationalism adheres to the belief that Christianity should be the cultural center of the nation.
This sample outline is in three sessions, since there are many tensions involved in this issue. Where exactly is the line between patriotism and nationalism? When does allegiance to God conflict with allegiance to country? How should Christians discern God’s will, not just for their lives, but for nations and governmental policies? These questions should be discussed in an atmosphere that promotes listening to the underlying values of participants. Likewise, a learning environment should encourage participants to question their assumptions and see these issues from a biblical perspective informed by Christian tradition. Read More