Our family was driving back from a fantastic road trip to Utah’s National Parks when I got a news alert from my phone. I waited to read it until we stopped for gas. From the time I received the notification to when I read it, things escalated to an unthinkable level.
This was January 6; A rally at the White House had turned into an insurrection on the Nation’s Capital.
Besides the bold act of rebellion, what astonished me the most was the number of Christian flags and banners being wielded by the insurrectionists.
But the events of January 6th are merely the tip of the iceberg for Christian Nationalism.
“When we do mix allegiances, when we believe we can worship God while also king and country, we end up locking kids in cages, children drown on the beaches of the Mediterranean, turn our back on the poor, and ostracize the marginalized in the name of Jesus,” said Zack Hunt on the CBF Podcast Conversation.
Hunt is the author of “Unraptured: How End Times Theology Gets It Wrong,” a contributing writer for The Huffington Post, Relevant Magazine, Christianity Today, and Red Letter Christians. “The unsettling truth about Christian Nationalism is that we support politicians that hoodwink us into supporting things that are wholly anti-Christ.”
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Andy Hale is the creator and host of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Podcast. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy