The Budding of Christian Nationalism?

“The supposed Christian nationalists of today might confess a syncretic folk Christianity, but catechized and committed Christian churchmen devoted to systematically creating a substantive Christian state they certainly are not.”

Miles Smith
American Conservative Article

This is true but it does not prove what Smith is trying to prove to wit; that there really is little Christian Nationalism going on in America. All this proves is that Christian Nationalism is being expressed by people who would be better serving in the rank and file and not as the leadership.

The problem that Christian Nationalism has had, at least since the Tea Party phenomenon began, is that the rank and file are longing for this renewed Christian Nationalism but there have been no learned Christian leaders (a Cromwell or even a Burke) arise to fill that vacuum. God has provided that thirst for Christian Nationalism but he has not yet provided the catechized and committed Christian churchmen devoted to systematically creating a substantive Christian state. So, contra Smith, the problem is not an absent Nationalism. The problem is an absent leadership that can channel all this rank and file energy into something systematic and organized.

Out in America hinterlands, there is a brewing resistance to Leviathan and Babel that is grounded in something like Christian Nationalism. The problem is that there are no leaders to organize these disparate elements and fuse them into a coherent movement. It is the hope of Iron Ink to represent a stream of that movement–a small portion perhaps, but one that is potentially outsized in terms of its influence.  Further, it is the hope of Iron Ink that it will be a worthy shield upon which the wrath that represents the fear of grassroots Christian Nationalism will fall.

Author: jetbrane

I am a Pastor of a small Church in Mid-Michigan who delights in my family, my congregation and my calling. I am postmillennial in my eschatology. Paedo-Calvinist Covenantal in my Christianity Reformed in my Soteriology Presuppositional in my apologetics Familialist in my family theology Agrarian in my regional community social order belief Christianity creates culture and so Christendom in my national social order belief Mythic-Poetic / Grammatical Historical in my Hermeneutic Pre-modern, Medieval, & Feudal before Enlightenment, modernity, & postmodern Reconstructionist / Theonomic in my Worldview One part paleo-conservative / one part micro Libertarian in my politics Systematic and Biblical theology need one another but Systematics has pride of place Some of my favorite authors, Augustine, Turretin, Calvin, Tolkien, Chesterton, Nock, Tozer, Dabney, Bavinck, Wodehouse, Rushdoony, Bahnsen, Schaeffer, C. Van Til, H. Van Til, G. H. Clark, C. Dawson, H. Berman, R. Nash, C. G. Singer, R. Kipling, G. North, J. Edwards, S. Foote, F. Hayek, O. Guiness, J. Witte, M. Rothbard, Clyde Wilson, Mencken, Lasch, Postman, Gatto, T. Boston, Thomas Brooks, Terry Brooks, C. Hodge, J. Calhoun, Llyod-Jones, T. Sowell, A. McClaren, M. Muggeridge, C. F. H. Henry, F. Swarz, M. Henry, G. Marten, P. Schaff, T. S. Elliott, K. Van Hoozer, K. Gentry, etc. My passion is to write in such a way that the Lord Christ might be pleased. It is my hope that people will be challenged to reconsider what are considered the givens of the current culture. Your biggest help to me dear reader will be to often remind me that God is Sovereign and that all that is, is because it pleases him.

3 thoughts on “The Budding of Christian Nationalism?”

  1. It seems fear of persecution and prosecution keep the would-be leaders from emerging. God bless you at Iron Ink for your faithfulness to Christ.

  2. I tend to think that Christian Nationalism, like White Nationalism, has a flaw, and the flaw is that it, like “America” tries to organize around an abstract idea. While nations, by definition, must share a religion, and while every true Christian rightly desires a nation which shares his Christianity (a broad statement for which I offer no apology), it does not follow that as long as a group of people are Christian, they can therefore qualify as a nation.

    The other primary elements are shared culture, shared geography, shared language, and shared ancestry.

    I love the brethren. I do not share culture with them all, though our Christianity should shape all of our respective and distinct cultures. Ditto geography, language and ancestry.

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