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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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If I were to describe the gospel of Jesus Christ in two words I’d go with ‘enemy love.’ Boiled down into these words are the essential concepts of sin and falleness- we are enemies of God- and yet John 3:16 is also true, God’s disposition toward us is that of love and salvation.

Jesus both teaches and embodies this concept of ‘enemy love.’ His Sermon on the Mount is rich with it, and his death/resurrection from the cross prove God’s heart toward his enemies (mankind).

So this then is the default mode of the Christian faith: enemy love. This should be characterized in Christian ethics and moral behavior. It should be perpetually evident as we live out the Great Commission to the world and as we grow together as the Church.

I offer to you three passages to help demonstrate this idea of ‘enemy love.’ There is a progressing line of reasoning through them. It’s fairly obvious, I hope you’ll see it and that it changes how you view the Christian faith.

Luke 23:33-34 “When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.'”

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Colossians 3:13 “Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

That’s enemy love. That’s what Christians are supposed to embody at all times, to all peoples. Individually and corporately.

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What implications does this have for how we treat fellow Christians? Unbelievers? How does this change our attitudes toward killing and self defense?

What is more important in the kingdom of God: Protecting our lives by killing our enemies? Or doing as much as we can as Christ’s ambassadors to love our enemies, in the gospel fashion?

I don’t see enemy love as much as I’d like in the American church. We love the American way much more than Christ’s way of enemy love. But I’m totally on board with changing that, it’s time to flip some tables in the temple.