The Debate Over Christian Nationalism — Part One: Defining Terms

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The biased media and pro-socialist politicians have seen labeling conservative Christians as “Christian Nationalists” — At first I had no idea what they were talking about.

What is a “Christian Nationalist”?

It’s been said that whoever controls language controls the culture.

There’s a lot of truth to that statement…

The radical Left certainly believes it because they are constantly at work redefining existing terms and inventing new ones.

One such term that is being debated today in political circles is “Christian nationalism.”

In a recent Pew Research poll, 45% of Americans think that the U.S. should be a “Christian nation,” while 51% think the country should NOT be a “Christian nation.”

The survey went on to ask respondents what they think the term Christian nationalism means. Of the 51% who think the U.S. should not be a Christian nation, 21% said that Christian nationalism is characterized by “bigotry, authoritarianism, white supremacy.”

The problem with this characterization is that it is false. These are characteristics exhibited by sinful people – many of whom claim to be Christians – all of whom are in rebellion against their Creator.

Bigotry, tyrannical authoritarianism and white supremacy are nowhere taught in the Bible – nor are they tenets of Christianity or of Christian nationalism.

What exactly is a “Christian nation?”

It’s not a nation in which the majority of the citizens are Christians. It’s not even a nation in which the majority of the elected and appointed government leaders are Christians.

It’s a nation in which the founding documents and the government and social  institutions are based on Christian principles that are clearly taught and exemplified in the ancient Hebrew and Greek scriptures.

We’ve lost sight of the fact that the document that birthed the nation and led to our separation from England outlines a Christian philosophy of government.

Consider these words from the preamble of the Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all  men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”

There are three core principles of government in these words that reveal characteristics of a limited government:

  1. There IS a Creator who has created all of us.
  2. This Creator God has granted to all citizens certain unalienable rights.
  3. The purpose of government is to secure and protect these inalienable rights.

Inalienable rights are rights that are God-given – rights that government is not permitted to change, modify, or remove.

In Part Two of this article, we will talk about what these rights are, and what the Founders considered to be the principles and actions of government that will best secure and protect our inalienable rights.

We will also discuss how the radical Left is attacking the government that was established in the United States Constitution.

What do you think? Email me at craig@electionforum.org 

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