Published March 25, 2023
Written by William
Photography by Simply American
Where were you on January 3, 2023? Ottawa County history will certainly mark that day in infamy. That was the day “Christian nationalists” took over county government.
What, you didn’t hear or read about it? It was in all the county newspapers and online media sources. The news spread like wild fire (as the expression goes), inflaming the county’s progressive community and causing much hand-wringing and gasping in disbelief. It caused (I heard) a messy shock, from numerous spilled double, skinny, vegan-foamed Starbucks’ lattes.
The outrage from progressives was immediate. They could not fathom that newly elected commissioners would actually do what they said they were going to do. “I mean,” mumbled one shocked and confused former office holder, “who does something like that?”
It wasn’t long before the progressive forces regrouped. They were determined to flood the commissioner meetings and vehemently express their disapproval with timely three-minute whining sessions. One individual vowed to attend every board meeting for the next decade and vigorously voice opposition to the reign and rule of the “Christian nationalists.” No one had the heart to tell this person that the commissioner term is two years. And by then, in fact, some of the present (unnamed) commissioners plan to go on to bigger and better things.
But what about this charge of Christian nationalism? Does anyone have any idea what makes a Christian a nationalist? Or, for that matter, can one be a nationalist without being Christian?
From the progressive’s perspective, any Christians brazen enough to take their religious beliefs into an elected position and then make judgements or rulings for the good of the people through the grid of their faith-based beliefs are “Christian nationalists.”
Isn’t that the argument of the progressives? They contend that personal belief—at least involving Christian faith—should be left outside the courthouse. They insist that such beliefs should have no influence or bearing in government. If that is their argument, then I believe Winston Churchill addresses my sentiments succinctly, “I’d rather argue against a hundred idiots, than have one agree with me.”
No one—conservative or progressive—can operate and make decisions without applying a personal worldview to an agenda. For the progressive critic to insist that Christian office holders must suppress their faith-based belief system in the performance of their elected duties is hypocritical. We are where we are today, both socially and politically, because for the past twenty-five years progressive worldviews have prevailed in almost every aspect of local, state, and national government.
The accusation of “Christian nationalism” is purposely used as a trigger word targeted to shoot down each and every idea, ruling, or resolution containing any hint of Christian parentage. And, to make Christian leaders take cover when the barrage of criticism comes from all corners including, unfortunately, fellow Christians.
So, what is a “Christian nationalist?”
It’s a Trojan horse designed and built by the progressives to confuse and divide Ottawa County’s Christian community. Rolled into the public square, the charge “Christian nationalist” keeps many conservative believers outside the realm of political influence because they are unwilling to be tagged with such a derogatory and unsettling term.
Meanwhile, the progressives prepare themselves to sneak right pass their opposition as these well-meaning but divided conservatives debate the etymology of words. Unaware that the enemy has breached the gates.