Does one have to be afraid of Christian nationalism

I have the impression that what happened in the last decade in the United States of America, should give us enough reason to be afraid of Christian nationalism.

Since the beginning of the 2016 election campaign and the emergence of Donald Trump, we’ve been exposed to increasingly vitriolic and hate-filled rhetoric that is fully intertwined with fundamentalism, America First, and xenophobic themes.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene official photo, 117th Congress (cropped).jpg
Marjorie Taylor Greene, American politician, businesswoman, and far-right conspiracy theorist.

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), also known by her initials MTG,  told her supporters in June

“If ‘Christian nationalism’ is something to be scared of, they’re lying to you.”

Though strangely enough, she normally is the conspiracy theorist who has a lot of antisemitic conspiracy theories, including the white genocide conspiracy theory.

But it is perhaps just that idea that it are the Jews who are damaging her race and are bringing danger to her white superior race, which makes her believe it is they who are telling others what Republicans and White evangelicals are trying to do.

Also, interracial or interethnic marriages and mixed-race or multiethnic children are looking with argus eyes to those Christian nationalists.

In her context of her, seeing Jews, black people, Hispanics, and Muslims it looks normal that they should be blamed for the secret plot, for they are (according to her) the invaders or violent aggressors.

With the overturning of Roe v. Wade she can only be pleased, because, for her, America has now taken the wise decision to stop “the sexual immorality,” and guard children’s innocence and train them to want a traditional lifestyle. As if women who take the contraceptive pill could not represent an American lifestyle. For we in Europe are supposed to believe that American women would not take such a pill of their own accord, but under oppression from their husbands.

Marjorie Taylor Greene says it’s this wholesome movement of

“Christians, and … people who love their country and want to take care of it” that “liars” in the media are deriding.

When a big mob stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, we saw a lot of ‘Christian symbols’ and a lot of people shouting “for God and country”, even though they were not shy about shouting that Pence should be hanged. But that fell in line with what others would also like to see happen to blacks, that they should be lynched.

It is to be feared that in recent years, many Americans have been misled by their spiritual leaders who, shaking hands with Republican politicians, wanted to work out a plan to put the white American back in the limelight. Patriotic civil religion could get a good foothold, and with Trump using them and coming to an agreement to nominate some very conservative judges, he arranged it so that those conservative and fundamentalist Christians could get a feeling to be on the winning hand.

Paul D. Miller, the author of “The Religion of American Greatness: What’s Wrong with Christian Nationalism” is unsparing in his evaluation of the movement but sympathetic to its grassroots adherents. He has penned a useful resource for his main audience of educated evangelicals — pastors, church leaders, journalists, academics, and “other professional Christians” — whom he envisions using his work to fruitfully engage with their congregants, followers, and loved ones.

“Is the marriage of Christianity with American nationalism,”

asks Miller,

“a forgivable quirk over an unimportant doctrinal matter, a lovable excess in patriotism and piety?”

Is it, in Greene’s phrase, simply Christians and

“people who love their country and want to take care of it”?

The big question in the whole MAGA story is to what extent one wants to hold on to the Christian faith according to the teachings preached by Jesus Christ, or which many Americans want to hold on to for their own people’s first theory without feeling guilty about it.

Greene and with her, a lot of white Americans want the world to believe God created the earth for the white man and took care America could become the greatest nation because of those white people, erasing the unbelieving people. They are convinced that they too have to make sure that America shall stay that Christian Nation.

So often they speak about the amendments, but it looks like they do not want to see how the constitutional framers protected religious freedom by balancing two guarantees in the First Amendment:

the free exercise of religion and the prohibition against its establishment by the government.

Though now they prefer to use the government to rule over all the American people having them all to follow their Christian rules and to keep to their way of life.

The close ally of former President Donald Trump, American far-right politician who with his  wife passing through Capitol Police barriers after they had been breached by others in the crowd, said

“We’re going to bring the state back to righteousness, this is our day, our hour to take our state back and renew the blessings of America.”

For many of those right-wing Christians, America has lost hold of ‘Jesus Christ’, and that is why the country is going through the drain. But now, thanks Trump and his followers, the country is back on track to receive the blessings of their god.

All the time, we have seen and heard Christian symbols and language in conjunction with overtly racist rantings in attempts to cloak their actions in respectability and divine authority. For they have received a special place in God’s heart, them being superior to any other race or people. But as a people chosen by God, they must defend their and God’s nation with all their might and do everything possible to remove the wicked from God’s territory.

And That is what should frighten us! This mentality of superiority and their will of getting out of the country, all people with other thoughts than they.

President Donald Trump holds a Bible as he visits outside St. John's Church across Lafayette Park from the White House on June 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Yes it should frighten us when those Americans do not see how Trump misused the bible and the name of God, when he came in front of the cameras in front of St. John’s Church, across Lafayette Park from the White House, on June 1, 2020, in Washington, saying

“We have the greatest country in the world.”

Plus White House chief of staff Mark Meadows declaring he was “never prouder” of the president than at that moment, calling it a rejection of

“the degradation of our heritage or the burning of churches.”

For Trump, there was the battleground lying bare to prepare his resurrection for a new presidency again, after Biden.

Many of those Trump followers and Christian nationalists did not (want) to see how Trump’s actions are against the teaching of the Nazarene Jew Jeshua, Jesus Christ, whom Christians should take as their saviour and not Trump.

The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, also accused Trump of using

“a church building and the Holy Bible for partisan political purposes.”

Greene may live by the belief that the Christian God ordained that white Christians take possession of the continent “from sea to shining sea.”

Miller is careful to note.

“The unique feature of Christian nationalism is that it defines America as a Christian nation and it wants the government to promote a specific Anglo-Protestant cultural template as the official culture of the country.”

Instead of making the country great, Trump has divided the American nation enormously, and if we do not watch out and find the right antidote, there is a danger that Christian nationalism will spread like a virus. This is even going so far that it will slowly poison the rest of Europe in the Old World via Eastern Europe.

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Preceding

  1. Hope For, But Not In, Evangelicalism
  2. The MAGAs and the Man
  3. Did as many Republicans support Hitler during World War 2 as support Putin today
  4. Dan Foster on what he finds the Stupidest solution to school shootings presented by a Christian Pastor
  5. Christian nationalism is shaping a Pennsylvania primary — and a GOP shift
  6. Global Headlines looked at the beginning of June 2022 by Bloomberg
  7. The Telegraph’s view on the world 2nd week of June
  8. Stories the Week brought to you from 2022 June 09 – June 15
  9. AJC Global Forum 2022: World at crossroads Democracy versus Tyranny
  10. The Week from Thursday 16 June – Wednesday 22 June

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Additional reading

  1. the Just Gospel conference
  2. Evangelicals: For The Love Of Trump
  3. Stress-test for democracy #1 Storming of the Capitol in Washington
  4. The death knell of an Empire
  5. One year ago a sacred place was attacked
  6. Republican Party tinkering on fascism
  7. A History Of The Culture Wars
  8. Evangelicals & Seduction
  9. Thought by Presidents’ Day 2022

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Published by Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".

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