The more 2021 resembles 2020, the more Christians should be grounded in those unchanging truths given to us in Scripture. We must rest on those revelations that make sense of our cultural moment: that Christ is risen, that Christ is Lord, and that Christ is making all things new.
Last Sunday, an article written by Dr. Ed Stetzer and Andrew MacDonald titled, “It’s time we evangelicals have a talk about Christian nationalism", was published in a local Dallas newspaper. In the article, Stetzer and MacDonald describe Christian nationalism as the syncretistic fusion of patriotism and Christianity. This fusion claims that “America enjoys providential favor or blessings above other nations,” a belief which the authors correctly note is unbiblical.
As a new administration is installed in the United States, we have a good opportunity to refresh ourselves on a Christian’s responsibility to the government. Romans 13, written by Paul to the fledgling Christian community that was increasingly seen as a threat to the Roman Empire, gives us ways to think about our relationship to state power.