Christianity – or ‘Christian Nationalism’ in the U.S.

True Christianity around the world is presently being threatened by what its ardent proponents call: ‘Christian Nationalism’ which, in the United States nowadays, is seen as supportive of the failed Donald Trump (January 6th) efforts to retain the Presidency. One needs to look at recent pictures from the attacks on the US Capitol building after the last presidential election to understand the depths of what was going on, with the explicit permission of the ten President, Donald Trump.

However, what is most disturbing about the aftermath of that bloody insurrection, is the fact that many conservative (most often Republican) Christians are still doing their very best to undermine the U.S. democratic Constitution, which has now been restored by the U.S. Government – as being supportive of the legitimate election of President Joe Biden. Sadly, these ‘Christian Nationalists – rather than supporting the Constitutional proceedings that elected Joe Biden – are still clamouring for the claims of former president Donald Trump to be heard!

If Christianity is based on Truth, then these Nationalist Christians really do need to get their act together and accept the FACT that President Joe Biden is the lawful and legitimate President of the United States of America.

It does the cause of the Christian Gospel no good for some of its most vociferous apologists to insist on backing a former leader whose strident claims for a retained access to power in government – based on falsehood – seems antithetical to the real world of Christian social polity.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

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When the January 6 Committee hearings began this week, Christian nationalism was front and center as the insurrection’s motivating force. It’s small wonder that many Christian nationalist politicians try to reject the label, hiding their theocratic fascism to avoid a well-deserved reputation of violence — but not Marjorie Taylor Greene.

In a new “MTG Live” video, the extremist U.S. Representative from Georgia explicitly embraces the term, telling supporters, “If Christian nationalism is something to be scared of, they’re lying to you.” She then invokes faith to claim “Democrats are domestic terrorists.”

Unfortunately, Greene is not a fringe voice but a leader of the growing Christian nationalist movement that has come to define the post-Trump Republican Party.

In Colorado, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Lopez just announced he will only select a Christian as his running mate, despite a Constitutional ban on religious tests.

And in Pennsylvania, Republicans have nominated Doug Mastriano for governor — a man who participated in the insurrection and has deep ties to the apocalyptic “Rod of Iron” church that embraces QAnon and uses AR-15s in its ceremonies.

Had enough hatred spread in Jesus’s name? Faithful America is organizing grassroots Christians to resist Christian nationalism and stand for social justice — but this work is only possible when members like you chip in to make it happen.

If you’re sick of seeing the Greenes, Trumps, and Franklin Grahams twist our faith for power and hatred, donate $5 or whatever you can to Faithful America today to build a Christian resistance movement that will challenge Christian nationalism >>

In her new video, Greene promises that “Christian nationalism” will solve the nation’s problems, implies that progressives are never Christian, and accuses her critics of terrorism. All this from an antisemitic politician who invoked Jesus to defend attending a white nationalist event led by a Charlottesville terrorist.

Let’s be clear: Despite its name, Christian nationalism is not a religious viewpoint, and it is certainly not Christian. It is instead a political ideology, one that distorts the Gospel and ignores the Constitution by merging American and conservative Christian identities, all with the goal of building political power for the right wing at any cost.

That’s why Faithful America is running multiple campaigns to reclaim Christianity from the far-right by fighting white supremacy; defending democracy; and showing voters, lawmakers, and the press that Christian nationalism is an extremist political movement — not part of our faith.

Chip in $5 or whatever you can today to help meet Faithful America’s $35,000 goal for June, and here’s some of what you’ll be helping accomplish:

  • Launching a major midterm messaging campaign against Christian nationalism

We’re preparing multiple strategic initiatives to expose pro-gun, anti-democracy, anti-LGBTQ false prophets in church and on the campaign trail this fall. But to be successful, we’ll have to pay a hefty price tag for things like web design, graphic design, advertising costs, communications experts, new staff, and more.

  • Stopping corporate media from propping up white nationalism and right-wing misinformation

Faithful America has had great success removing figures like hate-group leader Tony Perkins and COVID grifter Jim Bakker from the airwaves. Now we’re pressuring advertisers and streaming providers to drop entire right-wing misinformation networks like OAN, Newsmax, Real America’s Voice, and yes, Fox News.

  • Spreading the word that being Christian doesn’t have to mean being right-wing

Faithful America has made great progress countering the religious right’s narrative with recent stories in NBC, Newsweek, the Catholic News Service, Baptist News Global, and more — but it’s vital we keep putting our message in front of more Christians, voters, lawmakers, and reporters.

  • Building up our technical and legal support to defend against right-wing attacks

We know that the religious right doesn’t take kindly to Faithful America’s prophetic voice. Greene, Graham, Perkins, and others are already punching back against us, filling our inboxes with hate mail and even threatening to sue. As the public square becomes more volatile and even more violent, we need to stay vigilant and put in new systems to protect our team.

Faithful America doesn’t rely on billionaires or major donors for our funding, and we’re not part of any individual church or denomination. Our entire budget comes from grassroots donations averaging less than $40 — which means none of this work is possible without the support of members and donors like you.

Pitch in to meet Faithful America’s $35,000 June goal today and help make keep Christian nationalism from undermining democracy and defining religion in the public square >>

Thank you for everything you do to love your neighbor and reclaim Christianity from the religious right for social justice.

In peace,
– Rev. Nathan, Karli, and the Faithful America team

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.” – Matthew 7:15-16a

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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