Nationalism and the Ethnos

Nationalism is such a dirty word today.  Secularists hate it because it militates against Hilary Clinton’s global village.  Religious folk hate it because they think it contradicts Galatians 3:28 (the most abused verse in the Bible) or that it is some sort of “phyletism.”

Ironically, those who hate ethnos and nationalism often espouse American phyletist views.

Obviously, the Cross trumps everything and nationalist claims should never supersede those of Christ–but who says they necessarily must?  The nationalist does not but his detractors almost always assume that.  Are they so out of touch with their European past?

So am I an American nationalist?  No, not really.  For nationalism to work (successfully, anyway) there must be some common core culture.  America, per the glorious success of the melting pot, has no common culture (perhaps it does–American Idol, McDonalds, Paris Hilton).  Obviously I won’t fight and die for any of that (Jeremiah 29 has been my “life chapter” for 4 years now).

However, I do wish European “rightist” nationalist movements well.  I do see them as  necessary and sane alternatives to Soros’s global village.

Oh, and I can also find where St Gregory of Nazianzus espoused a limited nationalism.

How am I defining nationalism?  Simply as the focal point of a people over against that of an artificial multi-ethnic body.  Multi-ethnic bodies rarely work and placed in the context of liberal democracy (e.g., everywhere today), they almost always fail miserably (see Charles Taylor’s Hegel and Modern Society).

So where does that leave concerned Americans today?  In an odd situation, no doubt.  “Saving America” may be the most futile exercise one can engage in.  The good, ole fashioned American cannot save his country (and with all our sins, who would want to?), but he can help restored and build his house and village and pray for Christian resisters in Europe and elsewhere.

*I do realize that Byzantium and Russia have forms of multi-ethnic societies that have some modicum of stability.  I’m all for that.  However, this stability is built more on the gospel than on any human rights/global man nonsense.

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