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I really believe in confronting our fears, speaking truth to power, and dragging our issues out into the sunlight where they can be aired and freshened up.

I’ve always recoiled from those words, “Christian nationalist,” they sound kind of scary and conjure up images of a bunch of jackbooted thugs marching in lockstep under some kind of fascist regime or perhaps being a part of the Spanish Inquisition. Maybe Hitler? Everything looks like Hitler these days.

So, snagged right off of Wikipedia,
“Nationalism is an idea and movement that promotes the interests of a particular nation, especially with the aim of gaining and maintaining the nation’s sovereignty over its homeland. Nationalism holds that each nation should govern itself, free from outside interference, that a nation is a natural and ideal basis for a polity and that the nation is the only rightful source of political power.”

Nationalism can be a really good thing! In fact, around the world and throughout history it often has been positive in geopolitical affairs. Don’t we as a nation in America believe we should govern ourselves free of foreign interference? Until recently, I thought that was a fairly noncontroversial truth.

“Christian” should not be a scary word either, but of course some people perceive it that way. Christian values however are what has sheltered, protected, and nurtured diversity in the US. You have the freedom here to not believe, even as you enjoy the freedoms and benefits put in place and protected, by Christian values.

Hi, my name is IB, and apparently I am now a Christian nationalist.

A bit amusing, but it is as if some kind of clarion call went out from the evangelical mother ship and sent all the social media influencers into a dither all at once. That’s what led to the Beth Moore rant I went and responded to yesterday. She was only one of many, suddenly deeply concerned about the grave threat of Christian nationalists, aka, Trumpians. Poof, we now have a new enemy, magically conjured up by misdiagnosing the problem, blaming the victim, and applying the wrong solution.

I myself did not particularly like the idea of “Christian nationalism” until yesterday, but the more I talked to people just trying to get a good definition of the alleged problem, the more it seemed to fit quite well and rather than feeling bad about it, gasp, I’m starting to resemble a Christian nationalist, I better repent, I thought, I think I rather like this outfit. I’ll take two!

A bit of a tongue in cheek post perhaps, but I am somewhat serious here. I totally believe in promoting the interests of America with the aim of maintaining our sovereignty. We really should be able to govern ourselves free from outside interference. I like to fly the flag! I love Jesus and my country. No, I don’t think I need to choose between the two as if I can’t do both at the same time. I do know the difference between President Trump and my Savior. No, I don’t think my patriotism is idolatry.

After I got over my initial offense, I realized people are just really scared. I get that, I’m a bit scared too. I honestly believe our election was tampered with, our voices are being censored by Big Tech, our media is nothing but propaganda, our economy is collapsing, and we’re being forced to walk around wearing a muzzle all day. Also, we’re going to inject everyone with an experimental vaccine all while attempting to install a man with dementia and crown him leader of the free world.

What could possibly go wrong here??

It’s really not good. This just doesn’t end well. I don’t even have a fake happy ending to offer anyone. It seems to me as if a good chunk of the pop culture evangelical world decided the cure for their own fears is to try to shoot the messenger. If all you Trumpian Christian nationalists would just shut the heck up, we could drape a paper towel over this whole mess and just pretend it isn’t even there.

Honestly, if I thought that would work, if I thought our country could be saved by pretending the election was legitimate, our government is benevolent, and we’re all just responding rationally to a virus, I’d do it in an instant. The problem being, that’s not what’s going on here at all. You can’t just shoot the messenger, silence the opposition, and act as if you’ve solved the problem, at least not yet.

The problem is not patriots, “Christian nationalists,” Trumpians, deplorables, toxic masculinity, idolatry, science deniers, or women in ministry. Things are not ever going to “get back to normal” because our national, emotional, and spiritual security has now been breached. You can’t fix that kind of thing by simply denying the reality of it and blaming people for their alleged divisiveness.

You sure don’t fix fear by trying to force it into the shadows. You have to turn the Light on and watch it go poof. Sometimes some gallows humor helps. Regardless, we always call names and assign labels to the things we fear and I forget that sometimes when there is a bunch of name-calling flying around. People are just scared.

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