We’re excited to launch the first of what we hope is many Friendly Christian Nationalist Fridays with new Servants & Heralds author Lucas Scott Roberts laying out the big ideas and practical application of Christian Nationalism.
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Dear Fellow Believer,
My name is Lucas, and I am a Christian Nationalist.
“What do you mean?” you might be asking, or, “Why would you identify yourself in such a deplorable manner?”
Your visceral gut reaction is the reason why I am writing to you. Over the next several letters I intend to state exactly what I mean by Christian Nationalist. I’ll give my reasons for why I believe Christian Nationalism is the perfect antidote to this culture of crazy we both find ourselves in. This first letter, we’ll start with the origin of this term and explore the intentions of the people who wear this off-putting label.
The origins of the term Christian Nationalism were not uttered with any regularity until the 2016 presidential election. The left coined this phrase, then lobbed it at any Christian they could find who was strongly considering voting for the bad orange man. “You’re not a Christian Nationalist, are you?” By Nationalist they meant Fascist, and by Fascist they meant white supremacist, homophobic trans-hating bigoted Nazi.
This admonition from the left directed to their sensible suburban evangelicals didn’t work in spite of the stink associated with their freshly minted pejorative. Evangelicals, along with other groups who wanted to throw a wrench into the system, voted for the bad orange man, Christian Nationalism be damned.
Wednesday, November 9th 2016 was just as surreal for me as it was for everyone else. I grew up watching Donald Trump fire his would-be lackeys on his prime time reality TV show, “The Apprentice.” Everyone was shocked as we watched the “You’re fired!” guy win a presidential election. Christian Nationalism took a backseat to regular Nationalism, Fascism, and other Nazi-infused insults as the world wrapped it’s head around this new reality.
Then we started finding sexually explicit material in our nation’s libraries catered to children. We started hearing about “trans-affirming surgeries”. Healthy children being told they were born in the wrong body and subsequently mutilated. The surgeons, counselors, health professionals all taking a cut from the profits of this new Baal worship. And we wondered, “When did the world become so…unreasonable, irrational?”
Then people started speaking up. This can’t go on. We can’t let children read pornography or receive surgery or any kind without their parent’s consent. And since reason was no longer taking calls, these people used their faith as a tool to motivate their fight.
The left in turn went back into their folders and scrapbooks, pushed past the pride flags and “Thou Shalt Not Judge” arguments, found the Christian Nationalist moniker and deployed it post-haste. Not that it worked well the last time, but come on, noone wants to be a Nazi, right? Cow and turn, evil Christian, else you’ll wear this fascist badge of shame!
You know what? If Christian Nationalists are your enemy, then I am your enemy.
And that’s how Christians started wearing #ChristianNationalism.
This actually makes sense in a historical protestant framework. Baptists got their name from Christians trying to distinguish themselves from those odd believers who loved dunking each other into immersible water. Methodists were huge sticklers about their methods. And Puritans, those high and mighty do-gooders, all they cared about was their purity! These Christian groups ended up adopting those slurs and wore them with pride. In this same sense Christian Nationalists have taken the scarlet letter hurled by the left and wear it today as a badge of courage.
Christian Nationalism is a messy term, and like other terms or movements there are plenty of bad actors in this camp. Don’t let that dissuade you from joining. You wouldn’t let the fact that Fred Phelps was the pastor of Westboro Baptist Church stop you from being a Baptist, would you?
If you believe that:
- America was a Christian Nation
- God’s word is the ultimate objective standard by which we know right from wrong, good from evil
- Our founders used God’s word to form our nation
- Our pagan neighbors would benefit from living in a Christian Nation
Then you should strongly consider becoming a Christian Nationalist. I promise you that being a Christian Nationalist does not make you a racist fascist. Side effects do NOT include goose-stepping down main street screaming “Heil Jesus!” or any other such nonsense.
We love God, we love his word, and we love our neighbors just like he commanded us. We’re deeply convicted regarding God’s law, that the best way to love our neighbors is to fight for the establishment of a society that’s steeped in biblical principles. We believe the Western Church will wake up to this reality one day. We pray that it happens soon before it’s too late, before the last remnants of our semi-functioning society gives way to a perverse, totalitarian, godless new world order.
Christ is Lord. No matter what else happens, Christ is Lord.
Your Local Christian Nationalist