Since the assault on our capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, I have read and heard a good deal about “Christian” nationalism. The word nationalism by itself has the basic meaning of putting one’s country ahead of all others, especially in the realm of politics. It is a sort of “what is good for my country is good for the whole world” attitude. It can lead to a boasting sort of pride which looks down on other nations as inferior — whether in terms of its political system, its system of laws, its economy, its technology in numerous fields, its educational system, etc. The way I see it, one can be a Christian patriot without being a nationalist.

When the word “Christian” is added to nationalism this implies that any country which calls itself a Christian nation is specially favored by God above all other nations or countries. This can lead to a snooty pride which demeans all other belief systems and may excuse ungodly acts as sanctioned by God. For example, could a truly Christian nation enslave people for hundreds of years and still call itself Christian? If a democratic nation enacts laws which either impede or prohibit its citizens from exercising their right to vote, can it still be called Christian?

I believe there is such a thing as a nation strongly influenced by Christian principles such as compassion, honesty, justice and integrity. But when Christians and their churches promote a nationalism which is marked by hate, lies and injustice and is against the love of God and neighbor in any fashion, they have violated the teaching of Jesus found in Matthew 22:36-40. In my thinking, the words “Christian” and “nationalism” do not go together.

Herbert Hash Jr.

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Donald

You must understand just what a true Christian is which is one of His created children that believes that Christ Jesus was sent to earth to preach the Gospel (Truth), die for our sins, rise from death in 3 days to preach for 40 days before ascending to God's Kingdom to rule at the right hand of the Father. He is alive, He is God's Son who was sent to earth as both human and God, changed the covenant with us to allow us to deal directly with God in asking forgiveness of our sins (because we all are sinners), then repent and we are forgiven of our sins only because of His grace not because we deserve forgiveness. By this means, we are forgiven by the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and have the true hope of eternal life in His kingdom. As far as a nation, America was founded by Christians who were sinners and our founding documents were based on Judeo-Christian principles to follow the Commandments as best we can, and to love our neighbors. As far as slavery and other sins: in our founding documents we had the legal and moral path designed to abolish slavery and other evil discriminations. My hope for the Democratic Party leaders and far left liberals would be to be more concerned with the slavery and other evil acts that are alive and well in our country (sex slaves), slavery in the Middle East, Asia and Africa as I text this response to your letter to the editor! Be more concerned with illegal trafficking across our borders by big drug cartels. If America is so bad and evil, why do world peoples what to come to this country and nobody really wants to go to their country? Thank God for our founding fathers who were so smart, pragmatic, wise and yes, Christians. Get real and thank our God for all He has created for so many undeserving children (all of us)!

thechaosaysmuuuu

No they weren't. Most of them were Deists. Read a history book, Donny-boy. The nation was founded on enlightenment principles, not Christianity, and certainly not your grotesque interpretation of it. Nearly every single one of the founding fathers was opposed to *any* connection between the church and state, nor connecting the US to any singular religion. To say otherwise is to simply ignore history, ignore *their own words* and to lie.

Here, use this to get you started, because you have A LOT of catching up to do and myths to bust: https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/172973

BTW, You mention sex slaves and blame Democrats. Care to explain why *the only* person to vote against recent legislation on sex trafficking (Gaetz) is a Republican and currently under investigation for improper relations with a 17-year old? Methinks you ought to take a look at your own party's consistent proclivities for kiddy-fiddling first before pointing the finger...

thechaosaysmuuuu

Quick excerpt from the article link I posted:

"Even the devout, church-going Congregationalist John Adams, who had signed the Declaration of Independence, inked his presidential signature on the 1796 Treaty of Tripoli affirming to Americans and the world that “the United States is not, in any sense, a Christian nation.” The 23 members present in the U.S. Senate (out of 32) ratified the document unanimously.

That should have settled matters, but in the centuries since the founding, some Americans have persisted in claiming that the United States was founded as a Christian nation, ignoring-- even scoffing at--the words of the Founders, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

The sole grain of truth to claims of governmental ties to Christianity in early America lies in the different religions established in each of the independent British-North American provinces before the birth of the United States. Although individual states retained state-supported religions well into the 19gh century (four did so until after the Civil War), the ratification of the Constitution created an absolutely secular nation.

Indeed, each of the nation’s three founding documents—the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution—carefully avoided all mention of Christianity or Christ. Article VI of the Constitution states as dramatically as possible, that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States” –hardly the hallmark of a “Christian” nation. "

Terry Gentry

I would encourage you to research further definitions for nationalism. You should find that Christian and nationalism can be used together as you said about Christian patriotism. Let's not limit ourselves to definitions of words that are interpreted by the left media and politicians. They love to twist meanings of words to suit their agendas.

thechaosaysmuuuu

The *literal* definition of Nationalism (I even used good 'ol murican Merriam Webster for ya!) is as follows:

1 : loyalty and devotion to a nation *especially* : a sense of national consciousness (see consciousness sense 1c) exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations or supranational groups

Synonyms: chauvinism, jingoism, superpatriotism

Please, do explain how Jesus' original teachings mesh with these ideals/concepts.

And I honestly hope that you see the irony in your comment RE: definitions and the twisting of words, as you are claiming that there are "other meanings" yet fail to provide even a single example, in other words, (and stay with me here, I realize this might be tough), *you* are the one (poorly) attempting to twist words to meet *your* own political agenda by ignoring their actual definition and merely writing it off as "interpretation" by left-wing bias.

JFC...

Branch

I just wanted to add the following: According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, nationalism may be political, cultural, or reactionary. The American Revolution is an example of political nationalism. The celebration of the New York school of painting overtaking Paris as the center of the art world during the modernist Abstract Expressionist period is an example of cultural nationalism. Mr. Hash is talking about nationalism in the context of the January 6th riots, so we may conclude that he is referring to the third type: reactionary nationalism. A reactionary is one who “oppos[es] political or social liberalization or reform” according to the Oxford Dictionary. Britannica further describes reactionary nationalism as “a struggle by…a national group against wider rights for minority groups.” In this context, I think we can safely say that the teachings of Christ are not compatible with this aspect of nationalism. Indeed, nationalism and the idea of nation-states is a modern conception born of the late 18th century and would have been a wholly foreign concept to Christ and his early disciples.

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