A few years ago, I was making some upgrades to the platform of a church I was pastoring. Part of those upgrades to make the sanctuary look more “modern” was removing the American flag and Christian flag from the platform. It was a decision based solely on aesthetics. Coming from a military family I have no issue with the flag. To the contrary, I am proud of the flag. Quite simply, it clashed with the new look of the sanctuary. After this change, the church nearly revolted. I was told, “preacher, that flag is the foundation of our church!” That is when I first came face to face with Christian nationalism. The 2021 election season demonstrated how Christian nationalism is dangerous, but the past 100 years has proved that Marxist Atheism is deadly being responsible for the death of millions of Christians. The same atrocities that happened to Christians when atheism came to power in other countries will happen in the United States if it is not stopped.
With the tense 2020 election and insurrection on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, Christian Nationalism has gotten a lot of attention from the secular media and Christian news sources. Paul D. Miller professor of the practice of international affairs at Georgetown University defines Christian Nationalism as “The belief that the American nation is defined by Christianity, and that the government should take active steps to keep it that way.” How Christians react to the idea of the American flag no longer displayed in the sanctuary is an indication that some American Christians see the local church as an outpost of American patriotism. They see the local church as yes, a place to make disciples, but more importantly, a place to develop patriotic Americans who will preserve the Anglo-Saxon American way of life.
For years Christians were taught to believe that only Jesus Christ could save America. Only Jesus could stop the slaughter of the unborn, deliver the American Church from the loss of religious freedoms, and only Jesus could restore family values in the United States. That seemed to change in the years leading up to 2021. It was no longer Jesus who was the savior of the United States but Donald J. Trump. Evangelical Christians typically rally support around the conservative on the election ballot, but this election cycle took evangelical support from an endorsement to an ordination. As far as many evangelicals were concerned, Trump had been sent to deliver America from Satan himself. There were entire “prophecies” given that centered around Trump’s re-election and the triumph of Christian America.
Christian Nationalism would be dangerous if left to run its course. Its consequences however would pale in comparison to the deadly genocide Marxist Atheism would bring if it were to gain a foothold in America. If Marxist based Atheism acquired power in the United States, countless Christians would lose their jobs, homes, elected positions, and livelihoods. It is not an exaggeration to predict that some Christians would even end up in prison or killed under the rule of Marxist Atheism in the United States.
This is not unwarranted speculation and paranoia. This is a reasonable prediction based on the pattern observed in history. To be clear, the typical atheist who goes to work every day and is an upstanding member of the community is not “deadly”. There is an atheistic system however, that when in power, seeks to rid the land of the Christian faith. It is this system that crept into the societies of places like China, Russia, North Korea, Cuba, etc. leaving carnage and oppression in its path. It is in countries like these that the pattern referenced can be observed. These governments embraced a political ideology based on the philosophies of Marx, Lenin, and Mao. Their political strategies were rooted in atheism.
Marx once said religion is the “opiate of the masses”. For anyone who doubts that atheism necessarily begets Marxism or Communism, remember that Marx also said, “Communism begins where atheism begins”. Stalin, like many prominent atheists today, saw religion as something that held his society and nation back from progress. The regime of the Soviet Union often saw the influential Orthodox Church as a threat to its agenda and a force that could derail its ambitions to create a completely atheistic state. As a result, the Soviet Union began several anti-religion campaigns in the early twentieth century. Likewise, China in recent years has begun a fierce crackdown on religion in particular, Christianity. In one province, residents were told they must replace pictures of Jesus in their homes with pictures of Xi or they will lose any government assistance.
The list of human rights violations committed against Christians by atheistic Marxist/Communist regimes would be so extensive they would need several volumes. Scholar Todd M. Johnson estimates that 15 million Christians were put to death by the Soviet Union alone. In recent years this deadly atheistic philosophy known as Marxism has been making a comeback. The Communist Manifesto along with other writings by Marxists have been in high demand in recent years. Marxism is being engrained into young minds in American colleges. The “Open Syllabus Project” found that The Communist Manifesto is one of the top three assigned textbooks at American colleges. It seems that indoctrination in the deadly philosophy of Marxist Atheism is a prerequisite to graduating in the United States.
The natural consequence of young leaders being programed to ascribe to Marxism is that the American government begins adopting policies and positions that are aligned with Marxism. While an increase in the “redistribution of wealth”, class warfare, and expanded social programs could indicate a sign of a Marxist leaning domestic policy, these examples do not address the deadly atheistic nature of Marxism. On May 14, 2021, a group of leaders from atheist organizations met with President Joe Biden. In a statement regarding that meeting, Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the FFRF (Freedom From Religion Foundation), said, “it’s vital that our community, our voices be heard in favor of reason in social policy and upholding our secular government.” These atheists who are one and the same with Marxists, want to rid the government and eventually society of religion. That is their goal. Period. If their predecessors are any indication, they may resort to infringing on basic human rights to achieve that goal.
Author Phyllis Tickle said, “You never want to be part of a religion that is politically or socially acceptable. It’s bad for your soul.” She was right. This is why Christian Nationalism is dangerous. It robs the Christian faith of its true power by making a political party an activist arm of the Church. It idolizes political leaders, and perverts the Church into an auxiliary for citizenship training. As dangerous a Christian Nationalism is, Marxist Atheism is deadly. When atheism gains power in a society, it kills. Period.
There is ultimately one hope for this country: Jesus. The Church must boldly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ now than ever before. The best way to ensure deadly genocide bringing Marxist Atheism does not get a greater foothold in this country is to see as many atheists as possible embrace Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The battle will not be won at the ballot box, in the supreme court, the halls of congress, or the white house. The battle will be one in the millions of prayer closets across the country as Christians intercede for the salvation of lost souls and for revival to breakout once again across the beautiful land.
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