Christian Identity and Christian Nationalism Do Not Belong Together

Camilla Bocaniala, one of the panelists

‘Christian Identity and Christian Nationalism Do Not Go Together’, was a message a group of international panelists shared on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. It is one thing to love one’s country, and quite another to be idolatrously obsessed with one’s country, nation, race at the expense of healthy relationships with anyone outside the circle. It is even worse when nationalism is wrapped in a ‘Christian’ blanket. 

Our panelists were:  Camilla Bocaniala, Romania, Co-founder of Polylogos Association, a leadership development organization. David Austin, US, Worked in international and humanitarian development, including UN and US Government. Jyl Hall Smith, US, Adjunct Professor at United Theological Seminary, Ohio, and a boards member of Faith 2020. Heather Staff, UK, Political Adviser on Refugee and Migration Policy to UK Parliamentarians. Zdravko Plantak, US, Professor of Religion and Ethics at the Loma Linda University, California. 

The panelists talked about a difference between patriotism and nationalism, complexity of the identity question, our primary and defining identity in Jesus, biblical Christology, spiritual offensiveness of nationalism, practical solutions to the challenges of Christian nationalism. This webinar was a follow-up webinar. Watch here the first webinar on Christian nationalism ‘Recognizing and Overcoming Christian Nationalism’. Recommend our webinars to your friends too. 

About Tihomir Kukolja

Tihomir Kukolja, born in Slavonska Pozega, Croatia in 1954. Studied, lived and worked in Yugoslavia, Croatia, United Kingdom, Australia and the US. Education in theology, communications, and radio journalism. Worked as a church pastor, media professional, radio producer and presenter, journalist, religious liberty activist, and reconciliation and leadership development activist. Lives in Baytown TX, USA with professional ties with Seattle WA, USA and Fuzine, Croatia. Currently serves as the Executive Director, Forum for Leadership and Reconciliation (Forum), and Director of Renewing Our Minds (ROM) initiative. Loves photography, blogging and social media. Views, opinions and interests expressed in this blog are those of the author and contributors alone, and do not necessarily represent the views of organizations with which the author is or has been associated in the past.
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