July 4th is almost here again, the U.S. holiday celebrating the declaration of our independence from Britain, and this year Christian nationalism seems to be on the rise.
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Christian Nationalism, the mixing of Christianity and American nationalism, has been problematic both theologically and politically, since its emergence in the 1950s. As a movement, Christian nationalism began to accelerate in the wake of 9/11 and reached its current peaks with the election of Donald Trump in 2016. A number of important books exposing and challenging Christian nationalism have been published in recent years.
Although we have good reasons to love the geography and human cultures of our nation, these sorts of patriotism too easily get conflated with nationalism. How do we balance our biblical call to love, care for, and seek the welfare of our neighbors with our identity as followers of Jesus, whose reign was not of this world?
Here are a few books challenging Christian nationalism that we’ve found helpful as we wrestle with these questions about faith, politics and nation, and strive to be a faithful community of Christ’s followers.
Resident Aliens: A Provocative Christian Assessment of Culture and Ministry for People Who Know that Something is Wrong
Stanley Hauerwas /
|An accessible, yet challenging introduction to the theological idea that a Christian’s primary identity is to the people of God, and not to a geographical nation.
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