I previously wrote about the goal of the Great Commission to create Christian nations (countries with majority believers and/or governed by biblical principles). God wants all people to be evangelized (Matthew 28:18-20) and His will done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).
The 2024 U.S. presidential election will either bring hope for a rebirth of faith in the United States or an increased descent into chaos and totalitarianism.
Here’s my detailed rebuttal to those against “Christian nations.”
Christian Nationalism and the 2024 Election
The Bible is clear that in a fallen world, nations and their boundaries are preferable to a one-world community. God destroyed Babel and scattered human beings into people groups (nations) due to the danger of “united wickedness”(Genesis 11:1-9). Wikipedia calls the Tower of Babel story a myth.
Trust the Bible (God’s Word) over Wikipedia (people commentary).
The Apostle Paul explains further in Acts 17:26,27:
“He (God) made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.”
Yoram Hazony’s excellent book The Virtue of Nationalism defines nationalism as the conviction that maintaining nation-states is the best form of world political order as opposed to various forms of totalitarianism–the only real alternative. Hazony says this is especially true if nations are just as insistent about other nation’s sovereign independence as they are about theirs.
Call it global checks and balances.
And what, historically, makes nations free, safe, and prosperous? Faith in Jesus Christ and biblical truths practiced in government and society.
So why are some Christian leaders against the idea of Christian nations such as Christians Against Christian Nationalism? Their website declares that “Christian leaders are standing up to the threat of Christian nationalism” because they say:
“Christian nationalism seeks to merge Christian and American identities, distorting both the Christian faith and America’s constitutional democracy. Christian nationalism demands Christianity be privileged by the State and implies that to be a good American, one must be Christian. It often overlaps with and provides cover for white supremacy and racial subjugation. We reject this damaging political ideology and invite our Christian brothers and sisters to join us in opposing this threat to our faith and to our nation.”
Following is my rebuttal to their misleading charter/manifesto.
1. “Christian nationalism seeks to merge Christian and American identities.” You can’t understand America without its biblical foundations. Prior to the 21st century, the USA was clearly a Bible-based nation because the vast majority of its people espoused the Christian faith and its institutions were built on Judeo-Christian principles.
The most commonly quoted book at the U.S. Constitutional Convention was Deuteronomy. To separate “America” from her majority biblical faith is both disingenuous and anti-history. We’re not trying to “merge” anything. We’re recognizing reality. There is no America without the prominence of Jesus Christ. As the early colonists proclaimed, “We have no king but Jesus.”
2. “Distorting the Christian faith.” All religions can be warped. But the vitality of American biblical faith came about due to no state church and complete freedom of religion for hundreds of denominations/groups. It was a free enterprise version of religion that forced the “best” to the top and the worst to die away (not having state-sponsored support).
In their book God is Back: How the Global Revival of Faith is Changing the World, (2010), Englishmen John Micklethwait and Adrian Woolridge argue that 21st century faith is being fueled by the American evangelical emphasis on competition and a customer-driven attitude toward salvation.
America didn’t distort biblical faith. It multiplied it into a global force for good. The CACN voices are the ones perverting it.
3. “America’s constitutional democracy.” This phrase is somewhat misleading. Yes, we use many democratic principles in our civil polity. But the most precise description of the “American experiment in liberty” is a constitutional republic. By definition, a republic is a representative form of government ruled according to a charter, or constitution. A democracy is a government that is ruled according to the will of the majority. The United States of America is more the former than the latter. Our founding fathers spoke ill of democracies because of their tendency to mob rule.
4. “Christian nationalism demands Christianity be privileged by the state.” Those who work to establish Christian nations don’t “demand” anything. We don’t believe in force or lack of free speech like secular atheism and other religions. But we also believe majority faiths should be “favored” in nations as they are everywhere else in the world (Buddhist Thailand, Islamic Turkey, Jewish Israel etc.) To not favor a majority religion is to tacitly endorse atheism (nothing).
For example: All Americans are free to celebrate or not celebrate Christmas (the birth of Jesus) as they see fit. But minority religions (Satanists, Muslims etc.) shouldn’t be allowed their own version of a “nativity” in public just as followers of Jesus shouldn’t demand prayer stations at Ramadan in Iran. That’s how reasonable people lived for America’s first two centuries. CACN is knowingly or unknowingly encouraging a forced atheistic state upon the USA. We’re trying to persuade people that biblical truths bring the greatest societal blessing.
5. “That to be a good American, one must be a Christian.” No. Biblical faith gives you the freedom to believe whatever you want. It creates more liberty than any religion on earth. It’s also true that those who know the loving God and have been reconciled to Him through the death of Jesus Christ make the best citizens and defenders of freedom. We want all people to be saved from their sins but we welcome all people who have “content to their character (MLK).”
6. “Provides cover for white supremacy and racial subjugation.” Nonsense. “White supremacy” is a straw man argument believed only by fringe elements in our country and secular progressives. Whites “dominated” our institutions for centuries because they were, by far, the majority race. That began changing in the 20th and 21st century as more people of color emigrated to America.
Yes, the early colonists practiced slavery, but so did the rest of the world for thousands of years. We fought a terrible war to end it, and today, we experience less racism in American life than any time in our history. The exception is the reverse racism now being pushed through DEI and their race hustlers.
7. “Damaging political ideology.” The opposite is true. America is an exceptional nation because of its faith–for good on a global scale. We created more true liberty than any nation in history. Our Christian principles made us the most prosperous nation in history. We freed half the world from godless totalitarianism in two world wars.
Dissolving our borders and faith-based culture is the true damaging ideology now causing havoc in the United States. Christians Against Christian Nationalist are either wittingly or unwittingly cooperating with that demonically-inspired goal.
We face another crucial election on November 5, 2024 that could greatly affect America’s future and the entire world. Mark Levin is sadly correct in his book The Democrat Party Hates America. The Democrat Party’s obvious goal is to erase our biblical heritage, collapse our global influence, and merge us into an anti-God new world order.
Christians Against Christian Nationalism is a religious expression of this same end.
We must pray for our nation and vote for leaders that look to Jesus for grace and strength.
In God We Trust–not men.