On Government and Christian Nationalism
God invented government. God did. It isn’t an unnecessary human convention.
Listen to this: “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God” (Romans 13:1-2).
So the first thing is, God invented government. And God established government. Government is an ordinance of God.
Before I say anything else, let me ask a question. Would it make sense for God to invent something—for God to establish something—and for him to either 1) not care about it, or 2) desire that it be orchestrated by evil men without conscience?
Of course that would be a foolish conclusion. It would be a conclusion that knows very little about God and how he works. He does not create things and then forget about them. He does not establish institutions and then wish them to go to craps. That’s not the God of the Bible.
But in fact, the Scriptures tell us precisely what the Lord desires for and expects of the governments he establishes (which is all of them). Listen to this: “For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; 4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil” (Romans 13:3-4).
So God, who invented government, has a standard and expectation for the men who lead these governments. In short, they are—their job IS—to punish evildoers and to reward those who do good. That’s the purpose of government. And this is the will of God.
Now, you may not think much of a statement like this, but that particular statement is penned by an apostle, and it is written within the greatest Christian letter ever written, and it reveals the heart of God concerning his governments. What, then, does Paul mean by good and evil? He said, governments are to punish evil doers and reward doers of good. Is this an arbitrary evil? Or an idealistic good—like “supporting whatever in the world is the current thing?” No, that would be a bad conclusion. Good and evil, in this context, is the things God sees as good and that God sees as evil.
So, God invented government to be his justice on earth. Tell me then why it’s wrong for a Christian to seek a Christian government. Is it righteous for God to will a thing but for Christians to care nothing of it? More to the point, is it righteous for Christians to pretend that having an active hand in worldly affairs is “missing the point of the gospel,” or “misunderstanding that the kingdom is SPIRITUAL?”
I’m seeing it consistently. Self-righteous Christian’s turning their noses at other Christians who have a healthy love and stake in the affairs of their nation. The judgment should actually be in reverse. To care not about your own governing authorities is to care not about your people. Because God established those very authorities to do justice to the people.
The irony is, the very ones who condemn the American Christian nationalist are the ones updating their profile photos with a Ukrainian flag—because they support the current thing. Or, because it’s okay for Ukrainians to fight for their own nation. But it isn’t okay for Americans. This is probably because we’ve been told a big lie about our founding. Or it’s because we don’t really understand that it’s okay to fight for something that’s imperfect. That is, actually, why we fight for it. We do believe in something.
So the Lord established the American government. And he wills that she operate justly, according to his eternal laws—that she punish evil doers and reward doers of good. Therefore, we must actively fight for the same. And we must not pretend that this is at odds with our primary mission in the church. The reality is, the Christian church, within a century, had infiltrated some of the highest parts of Roman government—including Caesar’s household. We advance God’s kingdom by converting everyone to Jesus Christ. When converts take Christ into their occupations, they affect their sphere of influence.
What would you rather have—godly leaders or wicked ones? Would you rather laws that reflect the Bible or our current pagan religion of death? I think the answer should be obvious—if we align our wills with God’s.