Evangelicals must denounce the Christian nationalism in Capitol riots

Trump supporters gather before breaching the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. Trump supporters gather before breaching the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. AP Photo/John Minchillo

Credit:By  |  It’s more important than ever for evangelicals to recognize the dangers associated with mistaking our fear for faith — and our faith for politics.

(RNS) — The startling events in Washington on Wednesday (Jan. 6) were shocking to watch, not only for the scenes of unlawful rioters in the U.S. Capitol, but also for the sight of people waving flags and crosses in the name of Jesus and President Donald Trump. It was another brazen step for some who have harmfully traded in steadfast Christian ideals for a false white Christian nationalism.

As evangelicals, we must recognize, confess, and lament our role in allowing Christian nationalism to fuel these kinds of actions.

According to social science studies we’ve conducted, fear is a likely answer to why some evangelicals have accepted a politically driven gospel substitute, one that runs contrary to the teachings of Christ. Part of what we saw in the riots were Christian nationalists lashing out against people they perceive as “outsiders” or “different” from themselves because of their sense of insecurity.

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