Christian Nationalism

Current Affairs / Religion Books | “Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism”:

“Speaking to outsiders, most Christian nationalists say they’re simply responding to anti-Christian persecution. They say that secularism is itself a religion, one unfairly imposed on them. They say they’re the victims in the culture wars. But Christian nationalist ideologues don’t want equality, they want dominance. In his book ‘The Changing of the Guard: Biblical Principles for Political Action,’ George Grant, former executive director of D. James Kennedy’s Coral Ridge Ministries, wrote:

‘Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ — to have dominion in civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness.
     But it is dominion we are after. Not just a voice.
     It is dominion we are after. Not just influence.
     It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time.
     It is dominion we are after.
     World conquest. That’s what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish. We must win the world with the power of the Gospel. And we must never settle for anything less…
     Thus, Christian politics has as its primary intent the conquest of the land — of men, families, institutions, bureaucracies, courts, and governments for the Kingdom of Christ.'”

I wish I could remember where I recently saw something that argued : “When a person feels that they are a victim, they feel that any response they make to that victimization is morally acceptable.” The excerpt above is from an article on Salon about a book on the rise of Christian Nationalism and Theocracy. The movement believes that Jesus will only return after a thousand year period of godly government by his followers. The Theocrats are working to create this movement. (These are the same people that folks from the AAC have been peripherally associated with through their connection with Howard Ahmanson who was, at one time at least, a follower of Rushdoony, who was one of the originators of modern Christian Theocratic thought.)

What I find particularly worrisome here is the claim that the Christian majority in this country (of which I am one) are actually the victims of plot by minority interests (The Jews?!?) to deny them the full exercise of their religion. Given the other quote in preceding paragraph, I worry that folks in the Theocracy movement might find it all too easy to justify illegal and immoral actions to right the wrongs they think they have suffered. “We are at war, and in wartime…”


(Via Salon.)

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1 Comment

  1. Cassandra says

    Not the Jews anymore, as the book suggests, but gays and lesbians. It’s not the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, but of San Francisco, that haunts the Right.

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