By Joe Forrest | Instrument of Mercy
Published in January of 2021

SUMMARY: At one point in his life author Joe Forrest thought if we had more Christians in the world then the world would get better, but the current iteration of Christian nationalism has him abandoning his theory. The idolatrous mixture of nationalism and religion has birthed Christians who simply think, believe, vote, and fear like themselves. Self-critique is blasphemy and demonizing those we disagree with is a virtue. Forrest points out that this idolatry is doomed to fail and is a major reason why the 15 books of the prophets in the Bible focused so intently on idolatry as humans are prone to worship things other than God.

KEY QUOTE: “If you believe God loves America more than He loves any other country on Earth, then you’re worshipping a God of Nationalism. If you preach the Warrior Christ at the expense of the Suffering Servant, then you’re preaching a false Gospel. If you’re trying to impose ‘Christian values’ on those who do not share your faith through the sheer force of political will, then you’re following the God of Colonial Imperialism.”

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