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.
“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.”
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.