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Christians can’t be nationalists

Monday, February 22, 2021

“The United States will never be able to get to the mark of a Christian nation. No nation on earth is capable. If it were then we would not need Jesus. Jesus did not come to earth to save nations; He came to save souls.” – John D. Gee in Is Christian Dominionism Biblical?.

In above post I also heard for the first time about dominionism.

dominionism

A group of Christian political ideologies that seek to institute a nation governed by Christians based on their understandings of biblical law. – from Dominion theology.

I wasn’t aware that such an absurd thing this still exists. Yes, yet another word to describe what Christianity should not be mistaken for.

Nationalism is by nature not Christian. Which doesn’t mean that Christians don’t love the nation into which we happened to be born. Of course we are grateful and happy when we can live there in peace, and of course we worry when we can’t. And of course we should actively –whatever our talents are– and lovingly help our nation to become better. Loving your country, your people, your nation is natural and human. Nationalism is different from loving your own nation in that it says that you shouldn’t care about other nations. Nationalists love their own nation more than other nations. That’s not Christian.