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White Christian Nationalism

October 6, 2022

I share this with a Warning: The following is going to be challenging for some, offensive to others, encouraging to still others, but significant for us all. —-

“One of the most distressing aspects of the current political and social crisis we are experiencing in the USA is the rising passion of White Christian Nationalism. The virulent racism embraced by folks who claim Christ as their savior and lord denies everything Jesus stood for, what he gave his life to overcome, and what he poured out his Spirit to enable in his Church.

“White Christian Nationalism is a reincarnation of what the Roman Emperor Constantine foisted on the Church of Jesus Christ 1,700 years ago. He used the Church to attempt to conquer the world, and to eliminate those who opposed him, who were not like those he preferred. It was grotesque, destructive, and utterly unChristian.

“When Christians rely on any government to give them permission to ‘be Christian’ something is terribly awry.

“When we allow people of other races, cultures or religions to be oppressed and marginalized we have become the antithesis of all Jesus taught and lived.

“To be holy is to be being perfected in love, for all people, living a transparent holiness, protecting the rights and the welfare of others, even if it is not profitable for us, or if we disagree with their choices.

“This was the vision of the Wesleys, the early Nazarenes, and the best of our church around the globe, even now.

“Co-suffering love, selfless service to others, robust courage to live Christlike lives in a broken world, and the refusal to demonize anyone who differs with us — that is holiness!!”

—– Jesse C Middendorf, General Superintendent Emeritus, Church of the Nazarene.

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