In today’s Bible study, Wes McAdams discusses Christian nationalism with special guest, Jacob Rutledge. What is Christian nationalism and is it a problem? Are Christianity and nationalism compatible or are they antithetical worldviews? What does the Bible teach us to help us navigate this issue? These are some of the questions we explore in today’s Bible study.
Special note from Wes:
When I recorded this conversation, I had not yet finished reading, “The Case for Christian Nationalism” by Stephen Wolfe. Now that I have completely read Wolfe’s book, I am even more strongly opposed to Christian nationalism. Stephen Wolfe believes the United States should be an Anglo-Christian nation in which only Anglo-Christian people have full citizenship. He believes violent revolution to create a Christian nation is warranted, religious heretics can be executed by the state, and people of different ethnicities should not and cannot live together well.
One of the most important themes of the New Testament is that Jesus has created a multi-ethnic family, the church. Paul spent his entire ministry insisting that Christians of every other nationality should live TOGETHER in love and harmony. Paul did not believe people needed to share cultural or ethnic identity and customs in order to live together as family. In fact, Paul even rebuked Peter when Peter showed preferential treatment toward people of his own ethnic group (see Galatians 2:11-14).
We hope you enjoy this Bible study and discussion.
Links and Resources:
- Watch: Watch This Episode on YouTube
- Read: Transcript Not Yet Available
- Video: Christians and Politics: Living in Community (Interview with Dr. Trey Orndorff)
- Blog: Christian Nationalism: What Is It and Why Is It Concerning?