In the constant weaponisation of language by the enemies of all that is good and true, one of the latest being fired at conservative advocates of Truth, liberty and justice is the phrase “Christian nationalism”.

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In Western nations with the capacity for freedom because of their foundation upon Christian virtues and principles, it is the least Christian people who are demanding democracy has no room for the very same Christian beliefs and ideas.

It was the pagan Emperor Nero who set fire to the great Republic of Rome, but he blamed the Christians. Globalists want to impose a new world order without borders and erase all nations and private property, but accuse Christians of trying to impose their beliefs on everyone else.

Leftists are dogmatically imposing the false religion of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) on corporations, news and entertainment and public policy. They seek to divide us – not into nations as God has – but into arbitrarily selected, minority-based identity groups based on ethnicities, sexuality, gender and disabilities; pitting minorities against majorities in a fantasy Marxist mulligan designed to destroy everything proven, accepted, tested and traditional.

But awake and active Christians are the natural political enemies of divisive and destructive ideologies such as Marxism and critical theories about race, gender, sex etc.

For example, satanic lies about sexual orientation cannot be accepted by authentic believers in Almighty God’s communicated & evidenced design for marriage and family.

When someone imposes upon a well-formed Christian the truth-claim that feelings are sacred and a valid basis of identity, it is not intolerance of but love for the person that compels him to argue that is novel nonsense. The observably immutable facts of our biology and design are sacred, while feelings and behaviours are neither sacred nor immutable. Far from novel, this understanding is based in millennia of plain observations, as well as Holy Scripture.

The many ways in which a Christianity refusing to surrender to socially destructive agendas poses a serious threat to power hungry, proud “progressives” makes public Christians their political targets.

Leftists hate the Christian foundations of self-government: Christian nationalism. One LHM journalist recently sensationalised Christian nationalism, saying:

“They believe that our rights as Americans, as all human beings, don’t come from any earthly authority. They don’t come from Congress, they don’t come from the Supreme Court. They come from God. The problem with that is that they are determining – man, men – it is men [who] are determining what God is telling them.”

Well, duh!

The Declaration of Independence clearly articulates that the entire American Republic was founded on the belief that human rights come from God, not earthly kings or government.

In 1602, Sir Edward Coke, an English barrister, judge, politician, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, and considered the greatest jurist of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras, famously stated:

“For as in nature we see the infinite distinction of things proceed from some unity, as many flowers from one root, many rivers from one fountain, many arteries in the body of man from one heart, many veins from one liver, and many sinews from the brain: so without question Lex orta est cum mente divina [The law originated with the Divine Mind], and this admirable unity and consent in such diversity of things proceeds only from God, the Fountain and Founder of all good laws and constitutions.”

When lesser characters can’t win an argument based on evidence or ethics, they attack the character of their opponents – hence the irrational, fear-mongering, undefined, bogeyman terms like “dominionism” and “Christian nationalism”.

So let’s define it intellectually, based in evidence and ethics.

Firstly, nationalism is not the same beast as ultranationalism.

The evil excesses of such histories are not arguments against the existence and self-evident good of the existence and defence of nations. Ultranationalists are usually fascists: people who believe individual interests must be subordinate to what their regime claims is best for society.

That there can be bad nationalism (in morally bankrupt nations) is why authentically Christian nationalism is a desirable combination. The quality of any nationalism is measurable in the value ascribed to individuals in that nation, and the balance struck between the needs of the nation and the inherent freedoms of its citizens.

Australia’s 12th Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies (Liberal) said:

“Democracy…is based upon the Christian conception that there is in every human soul a spark of the divine; that, with all their inequalities of mind and body, the souls of men stand equal in the sight of God.”

The importance of individuals as Image bearers of their Creator is a vital ingredient to Christian nationalism.

USA President Truman (Democrat) agreed:

“The American people…believe that all men are created equal because they are created in the Image of God.”

USA President Roosevelt (Democrat) observed:

“The belief in man, created free, in the Image of God — is the crucial difference between ourselves and the enemies we face today.”

Without Christianity or a compatible quality of religion guaranteeing inalienable rights, nationalism might become ultranationalism; but Christian nationalism is not only benign but enormously beneficial to the freedom and happiness of all citizens in that nation.

USA President Eisenhower (Republican) declared:

“The Founding Fathers…recognising God as the author of individual rights, declared that the purpose of government is to secure those rights.”

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Secondly, nationalism is the opposite of and antidote to globalism.

That should be enough said, but to paint to the picture, it was centralised, communist and socialist governments of the 20th Century which were responsible for dispossession, starvation and indescribably massive death tolls of their own citizens. The nature of localised, decentralised administration is it is inherently representative and adapted to local needs. The further the seat of power is located from the administration of that power, the more autocratic and bureaucratic that regime becomes, and the less important any indidvidual or their inalienable rights become.

Brock Chisholm, the first director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), stated:

“To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism, and religious dogmas.”

Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum (WEF) prophesied in his Agenda 2030 video:

“You will own nothing and be happy.”

Karl Marx’s also wrote in his Communist Manifesto:

“The theory of the communists may be summed up in the single sentence: abolition of private property.”

Thirdly, Christian nationalism is an old and uncontroversial value system previously known as Christian citizenship or Christian patriotism. It has been and remains so ubiquitous that it was common across the political spectrum before the ascendancy of critical theory deconstructionists.

Webster’s 1828 dictionary defined patriotism like this:

“Patriotism is the characteristic of a good citizen, the noblest passion that animates a man in the character of a citizen… Love of one’s country; the passion which aims to serve one’s country, either in defending it from invasion, or protecting its rights and maintaining its laws and institutions in vigour and purity.”

USA President Woodrow Wilson (Democrat) warned:

“We call ours a Christian civilisation, a Christian conception of justice… Our civilisation…can be saved only by becoming permeated with the spirit of Christ and being made free and happy by the practices which spring out of that spirit.”

USA President Roosevelt (Democrat) again wrote:

“The action taken today by your government has hastened the coming of the inevitable victory of freedom over oppression, of Christian religion over the forces of evil and darkness.”

President Dwight Eisenhower (Republican) declared:

“This relationship between a spiritual faith…and our form of government is…obvious.

 

‘Man is endowed by his Creator’…

 

When you come back to it, there is just one thing… Man is worthwhile because he was born in the Image of his God…

 

Any group that…awaken all of us to these simple things…is…a dedicated, patriotic group that can well take the Bible in one hand and the Flag in the other, and march ahead.”

Were he alive and saying this today, doubtless the “progressives” would also attack the most famous USA Democrat, President John F. Kennedy as a “Christian nationalist” for believing:

“To each of us is entrusted the heavy responsibility of guiding the affairs of a democratic nation founded on Christian ideals.”

As USA President Ronald Reagan (Republican) complained just 40 years ago:

“The frustrating thing is that those who are attacking religion claim they are doing it in the name of tolerance. Question: isn’t the real truth that they are intolerant of religion?”

The hurling of “Christian nationalism” as an epithet directed at people who are continuing in the values and traditions which founded and guarded the growth of Christian democracies is as intentionally historically ignorant as it progressively destructive to our nations.

The unvarnished goal of leftists is to shame obedient followers of Jesus from influencing culture and participating in politics; instead disobeying Christ’s command:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.”

I don’t need to wear the label of Christian nationalist, dominionist or anything else which is redundant to the label “Christian”: a discipler and teacher of nations, public light, and salty salt.

Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Amen.

 

Research credit: Bill Federer

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