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Do you believe what the Bible says? Do you want to live your life as the Bible teaches? Do your political views reflect your biblical worldview?

Then get ready to be labeled a Christian nationalist.

Who is praying on the wall?  

 

The progressive left is attempting to smear Christians and to cause us to fear speaking up, using false labels as its bullying tactic.  We can expect that to increase as we near this fall’s presidential election. In fact, it’s already growing. Part of the campaigning effort of the left is to put Christians on the defensive to make us explain why we are not what they’re calling us.

But to the contrary: We need rather to go on the offensive and tell them what we actually are.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, there’s no clear contemporary definition of the term “Christian nationalist.” This is deliberate, because defining it clearly would take away the power of the label. The term has been used for centuries, but it recently entered the American political landscape as a derogatory term for Christians who embrace conservative politics. Essentially, it’s just old-fashioned name-calling.

I won’t help the progressive left by defining their definition, but let me tell you what I believe:

Our rights come from God. The uniqueness of America centers on this groundbreaking belief: It is God who gives us our rights. When the Founding Fathers declared their independence from the British Empire, they wrote: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” If you don’t agree that God gives us our rights, then you are out of sync with the Founding Fathers, the Declaration of Independence, and 247 years of American history!

This issue is supremely important. If government grants us our rights, then government can take our rights away.  However, if it is God who grants us our rights, then the role of government is to enforce the rights that we’ve already been given. For example, when America finally ended the scourge of slavery, it was based on the fact that all men are created equal by God — a right that the government could not take away.

Our national motto is “In God We Trust.” Despite efforts to convince the American public that E pluribus unum (out of the one, many) is the national motto, the official motto has been “In God We Trust” since 1956. “E pluribus unum” focuses our nation imprecisely on civil unity, while our official motto focuses on God and a right relationship to Him. The official motto communicates our reliance upon His providence for divine guidance of this nation and its leaders. The official motto should be displayed in every public building in America, reminding us that we rely on God to accomplish the destiny of our nation.

Freedom of religion is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Our Founding Fathers understood that our representative republic could never be maintained by an immoral populace. The very first amendment in the Bill of Rights (which could be understood as rights the government does not have) addresses this by stating that government should never and may never establish a state religion. The amendment also states that government cannot prohibit the free exercise of religion. This is so important–the amendment protects us in two ways. The government cannot force religion on us and cannot keep us from practicing the religion of our choosing. Religion is the basis of morality and is needed in our civil society, and the Founders intentionally acted to make sure that religion would be honored in America. This makes sense since many of the original colonies were founded by highly religious dissenters, like the Pilgrims and William Penn. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch recently emphasized this in the Coach Kennedy case. He wrote that religious speech is not to be censored and must be “tolerated” in our pluralistic society.

America is exceptional. In a recent Time magazine article, the author presents only two options for America: “Is America a divinely ordained promised land for European Christians, or is America a pluralistic democracy where all stand on equal footing as citizens?” The article then declares its conclusion: “Most Americans embrace the latter vision. But a desperate, defensive, mostly white Christian minority continue to cling to the former.”

This is a classic false dichotomy. There is a third alternative, which Christians like me believe and hold to: that “righteousness exalts a nation” (Proverbs 14:34), and “blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD” (Psalm 33:12).

Every nation is unique. Every nation has an exceptional destiny, not just America. But ultimately, it’s a question of whether or not that nation will actually live out its destiny.

Language is what the father of lies uses to spread untruth. Under his scepter, Christians who love America and are responsibly involved in politics may be branded with this derogatory and slanderous label. But we must take back the conversation by telling people exactly what we do believe and we can use American history to clearly communicate our beliefs.

Please share a prayer below for our freedoms and for the advancing of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

(Dave Kubal is the CEO and President of IFA. Photo Credit: AndreyPopov/Getty Images via Canva Pro)

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Michael and Ellie Briney
May 31, 2024

As Christian Nationalists we need to hear was Max Lucado has to say about prayer:

“Unceasing prayer may sound complicated, but it needn’t be that way – just change your definition of prayer. Think of prayer less as an activity for God and more as an awareness of God. Seek to live in uninterrupted awareness. Acknowledge his presence everywhere you go. As you stand in line to register your car, think, Thank you, Lord, for being here. In the grocery store as you shop, think, Your presence, my King, I welcome.
People struggle with life when they don’t have answers. The darkest valleys are blackened by the shadow of question marks. So what do you do? Think harder? Try harder? Have longer conversations with yourself? Ephesians 6:18 (MSG) says, “Pray hard and long.” Why not pray to the One with all the answers and let him take over?”

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Larry and Pam Zook
May 30, 2024

Thank you Lord that You have created every person to be equal and in Your image. We thank you that every right that we have comes from You. We need boldness and words to share this truth in our communities. Lord Jesus give us platforms to express the uniqueness of our nation and how You desire to bless our nation and its people. Our one desire is to give You glory!

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Becky Dugan
May 29, 2024

Ppgh #7: “E pluribus unum” translated means “Out of many, one.” Not as shown – ” out of one many.
Thanks for your great work.
bd
Roseville, CA

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Gary
May 28, 2024

Lord! You have no rivals. You have no equals. You conquered death by dying, raising from the dead, ascended into heaven, and live within each and every person who has called on you to be Lord of their lives – repented from their sin…
Oh, how we need you to convince all mankind that they are beautifully and wonderfully made in your image. Help us to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior to the lost and dying world…
Thank you for your faithfulness, loving kindness, and providing for us all we need.
Help us to be bold in presenting the Gospel to those who are rejecting You as King of all kings, Lord of lords…

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Alan R. Moyer
May 28, 2024

There is an error in the article. “E pluribus unum (out of the one, many) is the national motto” as written in the article is wrong. E pluribus unum is Latin and means: “out of many, one”, exactly the opposite and obviously a very important difference. (This is the same mistake that Al Gore infamously made in public many years ago.)

Other than that, good article. Thanks.

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    Susan CC
    May 28, 2024

    Thank you for the correction Alan…that is an important difference. I just read the motto was proposed in 1776. That truly represented the intentions of that time in our history.

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Kathy Fisher
May 28, 2024

Whenever I share an IFA article including this one on FB, I have to manipulate the borders on my screen in order to allow me to click on the “share post” button. It makes it difficult to share articles on FB.

Darlene Estlow
May 28, 2024

Thank you for this article. Thank you that we serve an almighty God who loves us and has blessed us with freedom!

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Tyrone
May 28, 2024

Abba Father! Thank You, thank You for being our God, our King of kings and Lord of lords! Thank You for being our hope of glory, a friend that stick closer than a brother. Thank You that we can call upon you at any time and you will ask and show great and mighty things we know not of.
We humble ourselves before you on behalf of our nation, which we believe you have truly establish on the principles of your word, as it is backdrop of our US Constitution. Help each one of us called by Your name to continue to stand upon Your word & continue to uphold our US Constitution which You’ve establish which likewise codifies our freedom, liberty and our right to pursue prosperity. We ask that You continue to bless America, help us to humble ourselves before you & before one another. Help us to continue to call upon Your name to continue to be a light wherever we go to & for Your glory in Jesus name we pray. Amen. Amen 🙏🏽

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Allena Jordan
May 28, 2024

Thank you for this excellent article. We have a solid foundation upon which we rest our case. God bless you, Dave Kubal.

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Becky
May 28, 2024

Great word, thank you especially for focusing on what we do believe, not just trying to defend against bullying.
We need not let bully’s define or distract.
Remember WHOSE you are Christian. Be more about His Kingdom when in every nation!
The King is coming! AGAIN!

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Brittany
May 28, 2024

Go look up when the Constitution was written and when slavery and segregation ended. There must’ve been some kind of disconnect for a while.

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