The Church’s Response to Christian Nationalism

A Presentation by Rev. Traci D. Blackmon, RN, MDiv. Associate General Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries in the United Church of Christ.

In the aftermath of the attempted insurrection on January 6, 2021, Christian Nationalism has become a more familiarized phrase in national discourse. Many watched the invasion of our nation’s capitol by those carrying signs and flags displaying a strange juxtaposition of God and Country as their mandate to overthrow democracy. More specifically, the images suggested a holy union between the God of Christianity and Country that is both familiar and fracturing. The good news is tribalism fractured the world during Jesus’ earthly ministry as well, and he refused to be taken hostage by any side. What lessons might the Church learn from our past and current challenges, and how might this lessons shape our responses today?

Originally delivered on February 12, 2023 to the Anderson Forum for Progressive Theology.

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