Christian America

Discerning the Difference Between Christian Nationalism and Christian Patriotism

"I love this country, but I love it with eyes wide open. The aspirations of our founding have long been tempered by the brutal realities of our fallen nature. The same nation that stormed Normandy’s beaches to destroy a fascist empire simultaneously sustained a segregationist regime within its own borders. Our virtues do not negate our vices, and our vices do not negate our virtues. America isn’t 1619 or 1776. It’s 1619 and 1776." - David French

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Crisis of faith: How can Christians prevent political passion from turning to unholy furor?

Jeremiah Johnson, after publicly admitting January 7 that he had wrongly prophesied that Trump would win the election: “Over the last 72 hours, I have received multiple death threats and thousands upon thousands of emails from Christians saying the nastiest and most vulgar things I have ever heard toward my family and ministry. … I truthfully never realized how absolutely triggered and ballistic thousands and thousands of saints get about Donald Trump. It’s terrifying. It’s full of idolatry.” - WORLD

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Is dispensationalism to blame for patriotic idolatry?

"...modern politics needs to be cloaked in religious language in order to carry the necessary gravitas. The end result is that theology becomes the handmaiden of political agendas. In turn, patriotism becomes one and the same with Christianity for so many. Among the multitude of factors that have given rise to this fact in the United States is the combination of American exceptionalism and Dispensationalist theology." - Ref21

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America the Fictional

A review of the videotape “America’s Godly Heritage,” by David Barton, distributed by Wall-Builders of Aledo, Texas.

1993

In the comic strip “Sibling Revelry,” two children approach a historical marker that reads, “On this spot a small group of white European males took full credit for an event of historical importance. Although women and non-whites played no part in this event, their significance cannot be overlooked.” One child says, “History’s not what it used to be.” The other replies, “Maybe it never was.”

Telling history is not an objective activity. Rather than offering a simple chronicle of events, the historian seeks to interpret the events for his readers. Indeed, his preconceptions influence to a very large degree his choice of what events will be recognized in the historical narrative. Still, history must be distinguished from fiction. To say that the historian interprets events is not to say that he makes them up. The difference between good history and bad history is the quality of interpretation. In general, the interpretation that explains the greatest number of facts while requiring the fewest qualifications is to be preferred.

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