Christianity fused with national identity? When this happens, it is called “Christian nationalism.”
That’s different from Christians being patriotic or loving their country, says Caleb Hutcherson, a lecturer in historical theology at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Lebanon. “Christian nationalism is this fusion between Christianity, Christian beliefs and symbolism, and even practices and politics that, in some way, become focused around and centered on a national identity.”
Hutcherson gives some examples of what Christian nationalism looks like. “Probably the most recognizable, infamous example is when German Christianity blended a form of Christian doctrine, Christian beliefs, and Christian practices with Nazi ideology.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Counter Christian nationalism where you live with humility and concern for the downtrodden.