Posted Sep 15, 2022 by Michael L. Brown

Should followers of Jesus have a positive impact on every area of society? Absolutely. The light of our lives and the light of our message should illuminate our surroundings. Our good deeds and our biblically based values should disseminate love and truth. At the same time, we are not called to take over society and impose our faith on the nation. There is a vast difference between making a positive impact and imposing a theocracy.

Of course, whatever we do together as followers of Jesus will likely be misjudged by our critics.

As a colleague pointed out in a group text discussion, “In the 1970s it was ‘culture religion’ or ‘civil religion’ that we were accused of. Then in the 1990s we were accused of being ‘theocrats.’ Then it was ‘dominionists’ (though I think most who accused us could not have properly defined the term . . . .). But behold! They have a NEW word for us now: ‘Christian Nationalism.’ And the purpose of this word? It is to bludgeon, bully, intimidate and keep us OUT of the public square. It is to shame us from being activists.”

That’s why, in the days ahead, we will hear dire warnings from the left about a nefarious plot by Christian conservatives to take over the nation. The warnings will be so shrill that they will border on hysteria. “They’re trying to impose a theocracy! They are trying to create an America in their own image! And they are not afraid to call for the shedding of blood!”

Unfortunately, there are some Christian groups calling for this very thing (although, to be clear, when they talk about the possibility of bloodshed, they mean that their blood might be shed as martyrs for the cause). They are espousing an unhealthy Christian nationalism that merges Christian identity with national identity and wraps the gospel in the American flag. And the most extreme among them would even welcome a theocratic kingdom on earth where religious leaders dictate how the society is governed.

Some are political leaders, some are media leaders, and some are ministry leaders. In all cases, I reject their goals, I reject their methods, and I reject their rhetoric. In fact, this is one reason why I have distanced myself from the term “Christian nationalism.” (For an in-depth treatment of this in my latest book, see here.)

To give some specific examples, some of the rhetoric at the DC Jericho March December 2020 was dangerous. Some of the rhetoric of GAB’s CEO Andrew Torba, referring explicitly to Christian nationalism, is dangerous. And when a major speaker at a recent MAGA rally calls on pastors to preach from the Constitution as much as from the Bible, we know things have gotten way off course.

That’s why I continue to distance myself from “Christian nationalism.” We can be Jesus loving patriots without embracing the “Christian nationalist” moniker.

At the same time, we must remember that every effort that we make to bring positive change to our communities will be labeled dominionism.

Every vote we cast will be seen as part of the alleged takeover plot.

Every step that we take to fulfill our calling as the salt of the earth and the light of the world will be branded as part of a theocracy. “You Christians are just trying to take over! Next you’ll be forcing us to read the Bible and go to church, under penalty of imprisonment or death!”

Maybe I’m exaggerating here, but only a little.

In fact, in the same text discussion I referenced above, another colleague pointed out that a left-leaning intellectual was now associating large families with Christian nationalism. To paraphrase (again, in somewhat exaggerated terms), “Beware those evil breeders! They’re probably hoarding weapons too. More babies and more guns! That’s their secret plan. A militia in every home!”

So, I recognize that our best intentions will be maligned. I understand that we will be misunderstood and, even worse, intentionally misrepresented. So be it.

But let’s not give our critics fuel for their fire by our foolish behavior and undisciplined rhetoric. And let’s not confuse the watching masses by playing into their worst fears.

We can be world changers without being world dominators. We can preach the Scriptures without advocating for a theocracy. We can vote and lobby and stand and speak without calling for Christian dominionism.

In short, we should do what Jesus told us to do: “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matt 5:16).

We should heed the exhortation of Peter: “Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world” (1 Peter 2:12, NLT).

We should carry out this mandate from Proverbs: “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:8–9)

That is how we change the world.

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yeshuais4me posted a comment · Sep 17, 2022
From the beginning God gave us a near perfect environment to live in, however, the longer man has survived in our world, man has done nothing but create problems by not following God’s directions. A good example is most of the churches in existents do not follow what God is telling them. From the Messiah Matthew 5:17-18 17 “Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. 18 Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah — not until everything that must happen has happened. Luke 16:17 17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter in the Torah to become void. Comment: The above verses verify how important they are in knowing God through Torah! Most churches follow pagan ways by following objects in the sky. The sun, moon, stars, etc. The winter solstice (December 21) normally is the shortest day of the year. Pagans determine through the use of sun dials and other tools that measure the amount of daylight in a day. When the pagans found that the amount of daylight was increasing there was a celebration of knowing which normally happened around December 25 using the Georgian calendar. There were many other devices to measure the length of a day or darkness used during our history. Thus giving man the knowledge that the sun is not disappearing? At least not yet? Know that God used His (3) Appointed Times to bring special events to people. The first is Feast of Passover during the first month on the 15th day. Then there is the last Feast of Sukkot or Feast of Tabernacles (birth of the Messiah). In the middle is the Feast of First Fruits. To understand this you must study God’s Torah. Pray you find your way to God through each day you live. “K”
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yeshuais4me posted a comment · Sep 17, 2022
From the beginning God gave us a near perfect environment to live in, however, the longer man has survived in our world, man has done nothing but create problems by not following God’s directions. A good example is most of the churches in existents do not follow what God is telling them. Form the Messiah Matthew 5:17-18 17 “Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. 18 Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah — not until everything that must happen has happened. Luke 16:17 17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter in the Torah to become void. Comment: The above verses verify how important they are in knowing God through Torah! Most churches follow pagan ways by following objects in the sky. The sun, moon, stars, etc. The winter solstice (December 21) normally is the shortest day of the year. Pagans determine through the use of sun dials and other tools that measure the amount of daylight in a day. When the pagans found that the amount of daylight was increasing there was a celebration of knowing which normally happened around December 25 using the Georgian calendar. There were many other devices to measure the length of a day or darkness used during our history. Thus giving man the knowledge that the sun is not disappearing? At least not yet? Know that God used His (3) Appointed Times to bring special events to people. The first is Feast of Passover during the first month on the 15th day. Then there is the last Feast of Sukkot or Feast of Tabernacles (birth of the Messiah). In the middle is the Feast of First Fruits. To understand this you must study God’s Torah. Pray you find your way to God through each day you live. “K”
OT posted a comment · Sep 17, 2022
Misrepresenting the facts while the Biden’s govt is flying border crossers to the interior of the United States undercover darkness …. Really! Stick foot in mouth and mumble some more!
OT posted a comment · Sep 16, 2022
The Biden administration has been flying border crossers and illegal aliens into the U.S. interior for months. The operation, with the help of private companies and NGOs, flies border crossers and illegal aliens from the southern border to small-to-medium-sized airports in New York, Florida, and Pennsylvania, “among other states.” As of last year, that total was around 530,000 border crossers and illegal aliens.
OT posted a comment · Sep 15, 2022
The group being persecuted flips back and forth to appease one over the other is the trickywhoo that confounds any reasonable effort to please one group while oppressing the other group! Someone will always be ……
OT posted a comment · Sep 15, 2022
Lol !
Swkh310 posted a comment · Sep 15, 2022
I hope this is new, revised, reasonable voice represents Dr. B's true opinion. But, I have to wonder: where was this reasonable, calm voice when a deranged demagogue promised the evangelical/born again crowd to turn this country into a total, complete theocracy?