Published July 28, 2021 at Christians for Social Action.
Sparked by the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, American Evangelicals have been busy debriefing, lamenting, and publicly condemning the scourge of Christian Nationalism. Largely absent from this discussion, however, has been public consideration of any affinity between Christian Nationalists and their more familiar, if less populous, “cousins”: Christian Zionists. As it turns out, the similarities are neither superficial nor coincidental and, as Trump’s circle of Christian lieutenants and advisors made clear, the two ideologies are eminently compatible.
Both Christian Nationalists and Christian Zionists espouse an ideology of exceptionalism.