A new survey reports that more than a quarter of white evangelical Protestants believe in a QAnon conspiracy theory that purports that former President Donald Trump is secretly battling a cabal of pedophile Democrats. Further, approximately half of white evangelical Protestants express support for the debunked claim that Antifa was responsible for the recent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
According to a new Pew Research Center survey, 4 in 10 U.S. adults say they have been harassed online. Additionally, of those who reported being harassed online, White Evangelicals were the most likely to say they were targeted because of their faith.
As we noted yesterday, many are blaming evangelicals for the Capitol riots and calling on us to repudiate “Christian nationalism.” There are many ways to understand this term, but a common definition is that “the United States was founded as a Christian nation and must continue to be one.”
This subject is far more complex than we have space to discuss fully, but I will note that nations are geopolitical entities with borders, populations, and governments. By contrast, a Christian is a person who has trusted in Christ as their personal Savior and Lord. A nation cannot do this. As a result, neither America nor any other nation can logically be a “Christian nation.”