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I recently published a piece in RELEVANT clarifying and building on my understanding of nationalism and a biblical response.

If you tuned in to the news over the last few weeks, you may have a bleak assessment of our country and the world right now.

According to our new president, the rest of the globe has mooched and manhandled the United States, garnering power while “the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon.” The way out can be found in an utter and unrelenting nationalism. “We assembled here today,” President Trump said in his inauguration speech, “are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power … From this day forward, it’s going to be only America First.”

This is a dangerous call.

Whatever we think about the state of our nation or our president, as Christians we must always be cautious around fix-it ideologies that are not rooted in Christ. When the president says “the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America,” we must ask ourselves if such a proclamation aligns with the Gospel.