SUMMARY: New Life Church (Colorado Springs, CO) pastor Glenn Packiam says pastors need to point out the symptoms of Christian nationalism before providing a diagnosis. Packiam then touches on idolatry, kingdom theology, the global church, and much more in a wide-ranging and nuanced interview.
KEY QUOTES: “We cross a line when we start to believe God has a vested interest in the material prosperity of one nation over another, or of one party over another. Whenever we start to claim God is on our side we start to make a dangerous conflation that is a form of idolatry.”
“When you read the New Testament there is no room to say that God is going to privilege one nation state or one ethnic group over another. The representatives of the kingdom of God on earth, as it is in heaven, is a kingdom community called the church.”
“There’s a difference between wanting Christianity to be a moral influence in America versus wanting Christianity to be a cultural power in America.”
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In a well rounded and straightforward conversation lead pastor at Cornerstone Church of Ames (Amex. IA) Mark Vance and Iowa State University professor Alex Tuckness discuss if Christian nationalism is real, how Christian nationalism can be distorted, and the dangers of Christian nationalism in the public square.Read more
Was America founded as a Christian nation? That depends on how you define Christian and how you define nation. In the 1800s did most of the population identify as Christian? Yes. Was this also a time when 1/3 of the population was in forced labor? Yes. Was this also a time when the majority of the population attended church? Yes. Was this a time when laws and social norms discriminated against Native Americans, black people, Catholics, and many other groups? Yes. Host Chris Staron illustrates that the claim that America was founded as a Christian nation or the statement that we need to “get back to being a Christian nation” is dubious. American history bears witness to a vague Christianity. One where people identify with the religion but don’t follow the way of Jesus. Staron calls this the battle between the economic Jesus and the servant Jesus.Read more
In a succinct and meaty conversation with host Marty Duren Georgetown University professor and author Paul Miller first defines his terms, such as classical liberalism, nationalism, patriotism, and conservatism, before discussing the dangers of nationalism shaping Christians instead of the other way around. Miller concludes the conversation with some advice for pastors addressing Christian nationalism from the pulpit.Read more