A new interactive curriculum provided by the Baptist Joint Committee helps identify and wrestle with issues of Christian nationalism. The curriculums origins are rooted in the Christians Against Christian Nationalism movement endorsed by dozens of Christian leaders representing a broad coalition of Christian institutions and publications including the American Baptist Churches USA Office of General Secretary, the American Baptist Home Mission Society, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, The Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church USA, and many others. Their statement has been signed by over 22,000 people from all across the Christian community in America including myself.
Christian Nationalism is defined by the BJC and Christians Against Christian Nationalism as “a political ideology that seeks to merge Christian and American identities, distorting both the Christian faith and America’s constitutional democracy.” For a fuller definition and metrics you can read their pdf handout.
The new Responding to Christian Nationalism curriculum is free and can be utilized as a self-study guide, a group study, and a sermon series resource. The material is designed to be interactive with previously recorded webinars, the BJC Podcast, and other resources found on the Christians Against Christian Nationalism website. The curriculum is a good conversation starter and helps guide churches to learn more about what Christian Nationalism is and how we can faithfully navigate our Christian faith with our civic rights and responsibilities as citizens in our local and national bodies.