Over the past couple of days I read a great book called, Hidden Worldviews: Eight Cultural Stories That Shape Our Lives (Wilkens and Sanford). One of the “cultural stories” that this book covers is a common theme on this blog: nationalism. We live in a nation whose citizens often put the cross and the flag together. Acknowledging this, the authors offer up something of a litmus test for determining if nationalistic pride has co-opted the Kingdom of God. In the spirit of Jeff Foxworthy’s “you might be a redneck if…” and in the same vein as the most popular article on this site (You Might Be an Evangelical Reject If),
You Might Be A Christian Nationalist If…
- You believe that God’s plan for history would be severely hampered if the United States did not exist in a hundred years, twenty-five years, or even next year (66).
- You find it unthinkable that a citizen would not be able to pledge allegiance to the flag or sing the national anthem for religious reasons (67).
- You think that our Declaration of Independence embodies eternal principles or that the Constitution should never be changed (68).
- You believe that our nation would finally be OK if it would just get back to “how it was” at some earlier stage of our history (70).
So I ask you, what would you add to the list? Here are a couple from me:
- You would be offended if the church you attend removed the flag from the sanctuary.
- You appeal more to the Constitution and less to the biblical narrative when having a political conversation as a *Christian.*
How might you answer the statement: