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.



Posted by Griffin Paul Jackson


  1. I don’t know why you are allowing yourself into being duped into the anti-American propaganda, but I find your comments shocking. You refuse to support the interests of the United States and its president. You also appear to be turning a blind eye to the interests of the Christians in the Middle East. The people who control the US media do not have America’s interests as any kind of priority, let alone those of Christians. It’s an indisputable fact that Mossad agents, the so-called Dancing Israelis, were celebrating the 9/11 attacks that brought down the Twin Towers. The FBI held them in custody for months, and no report was ever released about them. AND that isn’t the first time Israel has had total disregard for the US, even going so far as to attack US naval vessels, killing 36 sailors.

    To the Israelis, everyone who isn’t part of their group is a Gazan. Where was the outrage during that slaughter of mostly children and women.

    Here’s something you won’t find on any of the controlled US media.

    I realize my comments are unwelcome here. But at least now, you can’t say you don’t know that you are being exploited by the enemies of the US and Christendom.

    Have a good life.


    1. Griffin Paul Jackson February 10, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      Donald, thanks for reading and responding. I don’t have much to say in response except that I hope to assure you that I love my country when it is good and will challenge it is when I believe it is wrong. Regarding Christians in the Middle East, I feel passionately about their care and protection. I have spent the last two years of my life in the Middle East and the United States seeking the good of refugees–Christian, Muslim, and other. It is precisely because I feel so strongly about the needs of the dispossessed that I sometimes disagree with American policy.

      As always, I appreciate your reading and offering your thoughts.


      1. Okay. Perhaps I’m getting a better understanding of where you’re coming from. I should probably apologize for the harsh way in which I responded. Perhaps I will some day if we do any further discussing.
        What irks me so much is the uniform negativity of the press. They are the most arrogant people. They not only think they own us, but they think they own our leaders as well.
        They are so rude to the president. I didn’t like it when the did it to Obama, and I don’t like it now, now that they are far worse.
        What they say, and what I see don’t match up. It’s as if we’re living inside an Orwellian novel, with the press as Goldstein. Things that Obama did routinely now come in for great criticism if Trump even hints at doing something remotely similar.
        They’re going to fight Trump (and the United States) tooth and nail.
        Where in the Middle East were you?, if I may ask.
        BTW, have you checked out my novel? It has a religious theme to it.

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