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What does Christian nationalism look like in action?
It looks like bowing to Satan when he offers you political power and making you think it’s what God wants. Jesus himself was once tempted by it:

Matthew 4:8-10
“Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.
“All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

Political power and influence are the juicy sweet prize in a Venus Fly Trap maintained by Satan to keep us from the way of Christ.
Jesus shows us the God-honoring way to attain political power and influence: serving, surrendering, and dying. Are Christian politics defined by serving, surrendering, and dying? Through these powerful tools God raised Christ to be King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

It’s the long game God is playing. Do we have the faith and patience to play along?

It’s Satan who makes us feel like every politic event of current affairs is so desperately urgent. “We’re losing religious liberties! They’re attacking families! We must reclaim America!”
It’s when we give into a sense of desperately urgency that we make poor choices, choices NOT defined by serving, surrendering, and dying. Choices wouldn’t make if we were more confidant in God’s promises.

So Christians, when it comes to politics pursue two things:
1. Loving the Lord your God with all that you are and loving others as yourself- even your enemies. (Greatest Commandment)
2. Proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ unto the nations. (Great Commission)

It’s time to re-orient our perspective away from Satan’s nationalistic way of thinking. Trust God, He’s got this. America is only another earthly kingdom. The only war that matters, cultural or otherwise, was already fought and won. We celebrated it last Sunday!

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I love America.

I’ve seen the Grand Canyon at sunrise, I’ve been in the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans, and I climbed the Grand Tetons.
I stood at the feet of the World Trade Center before 9/11, I hugged a Giant Sequoia, I’ve toured Washington D.C.,and I love the movie ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington’.
I’ll be darned if West Michigan isn’t one of the most perfect places to grow up!
I am very blessed to have enjoyed all these things.
And so I love my home, this ‘grand experiment’ where I grew up in safety, without fear of hunger or thirst or freezing or being killed.

This love I’m describing, it’s called patriotism. It is natural and healthy for a community of people to feel it.
I am patriotic!

That does NOT mean I am nationalistic.
I don’t believe America is the ‘best nation’ in the world, as if such a thing could ever exist.
We (humanity) are all trying to make do with the best we’ve got: America gets somethings right and other nations get other things right.
Nations come and go, some last a long time and other die out quick. America won’t be around forever and THAT’S OKAY!

It’s okay because America isn’t the end all/be all of history.

Jesus is.

In the Great Commission Jesus commands every Christian to make disciples of all the nations (Matt. 28:18-20). This command forces Christians to look beyond their patriotic, or even nationalistic, tendencies for the Kingdom of God.

Jesus calls Christians to love the Gospel more than their home-nation.

Jesus > America

I love Jesus more than I love America.

That changes the game.
I still celebrate my earthly home, but as a foreigner living in foreign country (Eph. 2:19; Heb. 11:13; 1 Peter 1:17). I have higher goals now, an eternal perspective.

The Gospel oriented life trumps the American life in many areas.
Materialism, consumerism, instant gratification, bigger cars/bigger homes/bigger computers/bigger burgers… such things are American to the core and not of Christ or the Gospel.

And perhaps most of all, the call to make disciples of all the nations trumps the drums of war beaten by the nations of the world.

I will not kill the enemies of America because the enemies of America had their sins paid for on the cross (Romans 5:8).

And the one who paid those sins, the one I call Master, Savior, and Lord, he told me to bring them the gospel of grace and mercy, of reconciliation and healing, of salvation.

That is something America can never offer.