Saturday, June 15

Remaining awake to the risk of Christian nationalism

(RNS)– During Holy Week, Christians keep in mind the last hours before Jesus’ arrest, when he and his disciples went to the Garden of Gethsemane and he asked to remain awake and alert as he hoped– possibly so he would not be alone in his darkest hours.

To Christ’s discouragement, the disciples consistently dropped off to sleep. “Could you not keep awake one hour?” he regreted.

2 centuries later on, a lot of Christians are still dropping off to sleep and deserting Jesus, turning their backs on his mentors of love, reality and peace and rather welcoming the ruthlessness, conspiracy theories and Jan. 6-style violence of reactionary Christian nationalism. Others are closing their eyes as our faith is pirated, and sleeping while this ideology threatens both American liberty and the church itself.

3 years after the Jan. 6 insurrection, common-good Christians can not succumb to complacency or to thinking that, since previous President Donald Trump has actually been prosecuted, all will be well. Trump’s assistance amongst white evangelical Christians is rising. It was a crucial piece of his swift success to end up being the Republican governmental candidate.

The insurrection was a reactionary Christian nationalist affair, waged under crosses and Christian flags with the true blessing of some conservative pastors. A research study launched last month by PRRI even more shows that spiritual groups most related to the Republican Party– specifically white evangelical Protestants– are the most likely to hold Christian nationalist views, that include seeing “political battles through an apocalyptic lens of transformation and violence.”

Trump’s advocates, unlike Jesus’ fans in the garden, have actually definitely remained alert. While numerous Americans concentrate on holding Trump responsible for previous actions, his allies and lieutenants have actually been hard at work getting ready for a go back to workplace.

In this Jan. 6, 2021, file image, a male holds a Bible as fans of then-President Donald Trump collect outside the Capitol in Washington. The Christian images and rhetoric on view throughout the Capitol insurrection stimulated restored argument about the social results of blending Christian faith with an exclusionary type of nationalism. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Michael Flynn, Roger Stone and Trump’s 2 earliest children, Don Jr. and Eric, have actually been exploring the nation for 2 years, headlining the ReAwaken America Tour, forming groups like Pastors for Trump and Catholics for Catholics while activating clergy to spread out violent Christian nationalist lies from their pulpits.

Others have actually weaponized their faith to create assistance for the Christian nationalist program, MAGA’s conspiracy theories and Christofascist political strategies. Lance Wallnau, a self-proclaimed “prophet” who influenced countless evangelicals to support Trump in 2016, is partnering with Charlie Kirk and TPUSA Faith to set in motion countless churches for Trump.

Purveyors of Christian nationalism are likewise in back spaces preparing their program and determining possible workers must they win the White House this year. Led by the Heritage Foundation, a governmental shift task called Project 2025 has actually released a 1,000-page comprehensive playbook to retaliate on political challengers and introduce what they call biblically based federal government.

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