Opinion: Marjorie Taylor Greene’s words on Christian nationalism are a wake-up call
For many years, I have closely followed Christian nationalism and sounded the alarm about it. Greene’s recent comments mark an alarming shift in the public conversation about Christian nationalism.
Until recently, the public figures who mostly supported Christian nationalism in their rhetoric and policies either denied its existence or claimed that those of us who were calling it are engaged in naming. But clearly Greene is reading from a different script – clearly embracing the identity as her own and urging others to join her.
While not new, Christian nationalism has been exploited by politicians like former President Donald Trump in recent years to heighten the “us versus them” mentality and send a message. that only Christians can be “true” Americans.
The growing support for Christian nationalism comes at a time when the political ideology behind it poses increasingly urgent threats to American democracy and religious freedom. Perhaps the most macabre example of Christian nationalism pops up on the world’s stages, from some of Trump’s supporters during the January 6 uprising.
I’m interested in debunking Christian nationalism because I’m a practicing Christian and because I’m a patriotic American – and no, those identities are not the same. As Christians, we cannot allow Greene, Boebert, or Trump to distort our faith without a fight.
We must raise our voices when our faith is used as a political tool, we must uproot it from our churches and communities, and we must form alliances with religions. minorities and non-religious – those most affected by Christian nationalism.
Religion, and Christianity in particular, has flourished in America not because of government support or favoritism, but for the opposite reason: religion is free from government control government. Government involvement in religious affairs does not support the free exercise of religion. And as Christians, we are called to love our neighbors more than make them feel unwelcome in their country.
Christian nationalism, while pervasive and enduring, cannot be normalized. I think Christians, who continue to be the majority of Americans, have a special responsibility to step up at this critical time to reject Christian nationalism.
Christian legislators should choose a different path from Greene and Boebert by calling for Christian nationalism without neglecting their own faith and religious pluralism that are such an important part of the law. the identity of our country. Christian nationalism runs rampant in a society where peddlers are the only ones talking about Christianity’s role in public life.
We all have work to do because it’s not just a relatively small number of self-proclaimed Christian nationalists that we have to worry about; that’s how ideology infects so much American politics and American Christianity often without us even realizing it.
American Christians can and should be self-critical of the way our faith and our country have been affected by Christian nationalism, and we need to come together in a loud voice to reject those. see it as their identity and as a policy direction for the country.
An earlier version of this op-ed included an incorrect date for the launch of the campaign Against Christian Nationalism, which began in 2019.