“Jesus declared, ‘‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.’” – Matthew 22:37-38
When Peter and the other apostles in the book of Acts were instructed to stop speaking in the name of Jesus their reply was, “We must obey God rather than men.” Supporting your local government and submitting to their authority when it doesn’t oppose the Word of God is commanded by Jesus. But equating the nation of America with Christianity is not only dangerous but out of place. It’s not something Jesus taught and it’s not something that Christians should support.
The Pharisees were trying to test Jesus. The Bible tells us that an expert in the law asked Jesus to tell him of the Ten Commandments Moses had given the people—what was the greatest?
Simply put, Jesus said put God first and ‘‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
The first of the Ten Commandments in the Bible is: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” – Exodus 20:3
During the forty days in which Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, Satan promised to give Jesus authority over all the kingdoms of the world. Satan told Jesus that the world had been relinquished to him, and he could give the power to anyone he wished. All Jesus had to do to have this power was to worship Satan as God (Luke 4:1-8).
“But Jesus replied, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’” – Luke 4:8
At least 17 Christian leaders from a variety of churches and religious organizations came together to form a coalition called: “Christians Against Christian Nationalism.”
The group is concerned about rising Christian nationalism which is blending Christian and American identities. The group says not only does this threaten democracy in the United States, but also religious communities as a whole.
“As Christians, we are bound to Christ, not by citizenship, but by faith,” a statement by the group statement reads. “Whether we worship at a church, mosque, synagogue, or temple, America has no second-class faiths. All are equal under the U.S. Constitution.”
“Christian nationalism demands Christianity be privileged by the State and implies that to be a good American, one must be Christian,” the group added in its statement.
Rev. Michael B. Curry, a member of the coalition, said, “The violence, intimidation, and distortion of scripture associated with ‘Christian nationalism’ does not reflect the person and teachings of Jesus Christ.”