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Nationalism vs Patriotism - Know the Difference!

Video from Jason W Blakely

"People frequently confuse nationalism and patriotism as the same thing. But they are not. Professor Jason Blakely (Pepperdine University) explains the distinction between the two as part of his course on the philosophical roots of modern ideology, fall 2018." from video introduction.

Do you label yourself as a Nationalist or a Patriot or both?

Do you really know the difference?

As Christians we cannot be of this world and Followers of Christ at the same time.

We must resist our sinful temptations to impose our opinions, bias and prejudice on others in the name of nationalism or patriotism.

This article by Jason W Blakely in Commonweal Magazine is dated August 19, 2019. A lot has happened in our nation since then but the observations made in the article are very damning to Christians!

"Commonweal is pleased to publish the following open letter about the disturbing rise of nationalism, especially among some Christians, in the United States. While this is not a Commonweal editorial, and none of the editors here had a hand in drafting it, we thought it would be useful for our readers to consider its arguments and claims as they reflect on their political responsibilities in these perilous times.

Each day more signs point to a tremendous shift in American conservatism away from the prior consensus and toward the new nationalism of Donald Trump. This is evident not only in the recent National Conservatism Conference held in July in Washington, D.C., but also in the manifesto signed by a number of Christians who appear eager to embrace nationalism as compatible with Christian faith. Without impugning specific individuals, as fellow Christian intellectuals, theologians, pastors, and educators, we respond to this rapprochement with sadness, but also with a clear and firm No. We are Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant; Republicans, Democrats, and independents. Despite our denominational and political differences, we are united by the conviction that there are certain political solidarities that are anathema to our shared Christian faith..." from the article: Open Letter Against the New Nationalism

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