Christian Nationalist Strategies

About 45% of Americans believe the United States should be a Christian Nation. This is according to the Pew Research Center. Stop and let that sink in. Nearly half of all Americans, believe America should be a Christian Nation. Now, they don’t all agree on what that means, and that’s okay. There doesn’t need to be 100% agreement on that. What matters is that Christian Nationalists have a strong foundation to work with.

Breaking this down a bit, according to the same Pew study, 60% of Americans believe America’s Founding Fathers intended the United States to be a Christian nation. They would be correct if they clarified that to mean a secular union of thirteen Christian states. The Founding Fathers indeed supported Protestant Christianity as an honorable confession for state governments, and all thirteen states were Protestant confessional states for decades to follow. It wasn’t until the middle to late 1800s that states started dropping religious confessions from their state constitutions. This was not due to any kind of federal requirement, but rather for two reasons. (1) Secularism was sweeping American Protestant sentiments during this time, and (2) Catholicism was advancing in America due to waves of Catholic (Irish, German and Italian) immigrants from Europe.

During nineteenth-century America, there was a general fear that if Catholics ever attained a majority in any given state, they might turn that state into a Catholic confessional state, and secularism seemed preferable to most Protestants at that time. The history of the Blaine Amendments to state constitutions elaborates on this further, demonstrating how far some politicians were willing to go in the face of anti-Catholic sentiments at the time. While the nineteenth-century secularization of America was driven by anti-Catholic sentiments, twentieth-century secularization was driven by something even more sinister. This form of secularization didn’t just prevent Catholics from taking over, but rather went so far as to totally de-Protestantize our nation’s schools, city and state governments entirely. This is what Christian Nationalists (both Catholic and Protestant) are working to undo today. While Protestantism is generally split on the issue of Christian Nationalism right now, Catholicism has always been supportive of Christian Nationalism, and some form of a confessional state, that is at least friendly to Catholics. It’s a Catholic tradition stretching back nearly two millennia.

Pew Research also found that 31% of Americans (nearly 1 in 3) think churches should be more involved in politics, and 20% of Americans (1 in 5) think churches should be able to endorse political candidates without fear of their tax-exempt status being revoked. The latter statistic represents straight-up Christian Nationalism without apology. I consider myself part of this 20%.

While the statistics look good for Christian Nationalists (20% of Americans), and we have a strong foundation to work with (45% of Americans), returning the United States to what our Founding Fathers intended (a secular union of Christian states) will be no easy task, and indeed the federal union may not survive long enough to see it happen. That’s okay though, because what we need to focus on are the states more than the federal government. The states pre-date the federal government, and it is the states that will outlast it. So what’s important right now is building the foundation at the state level, thus creating the conditions necessary for a new union of states to form when the current one collapses. If the states are Christian enough, this new union can become a Christian nation of some kind, even if it just means recognizing Jesus Christ as King in its future constitution…

The following are things you can do, right now, to bring about the re-emergence of a future Christian Nation in North America…

  1. Go to church. Seriously, if you’re not regularly going to church (minimally once a week), what are you doing? You can’t be a Christian Nationalist if you’re not an active Christian. The only official “leaders” of the Christian Nationalist movement are the priests and pastors of our churches. There is no Christian Nationalist “leadership” outside of that. So get to a good, solid Christian church that still teaches the gospel. To determine which churches still teach the gospel, we can use the LGBTQ movement as a barometer. Churches that oppose LGBTQ Pride are examples of churches that still teach the gospel. These would include, but are not limited to: Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS), Southern Baptist, National Baptist, American Baptist, Assemblies of God, etc.
  2. Support your church financially. Once you have found a church that still teaches the gospel, you need to support it generously. Five-dollars in the collection plate isn’t going to cut it. Sit down at the kitchen table and figure out what you can reasonably afford. Then set up a bi-weekly, or monthly, check to be mailed directly from your bank or credit union to your church on a specified date, or to coincide with your paycheck. Most banks and credit unions will do this free of charge. Giving this way insures that you’re doing your part to support your church, and when the collection plate comes around, you no longer need to fumble through your pockets to throw in whatever spare change you have. Set it up with your bank/credit union to go directly to your church, and don’t worry about it anymore. Let that collection plate pass you by. Just review your giving annually, and make adjustments as needed according to your budget. You may find you can afford to give a few more bucks per paycheck after doing it this way for a year.
  3. Control the entertainment in your home. Cut the cable. Just sign up for Internet service, then livestream the entertainment you want your family to see. Invest in parental controls to keep little eyes from seeing things they shouldn’t. Remember, Antichristian content is now considered “normal programming” on most television networks and cable channels. We’ll never have a Christian nation if our kids’ minds keep getting corrupted by Antichristian forces.
  4. Get your mind off the federal government. It’s hopelessly corrupt and becoming more Antichristian by the day. Focus instead on state governments. They existed before the federal government, and they will outlive the federal government. This means the state governments will outlive the Antichristian tendencies of the current federal regime as well. The federal government is collapsing. It’s a slow and gradual collapse. If you doubt that, look at the value of the federal dollar, and compare that to the size of our national debt. Focus on the states. The future is there.
  5. Focus solely on electing conservative and traditional Christians to state offices. There is no reason why you can’t ask a candidate what church he/she goes to, and find out if he/she is a good practicing member of said church. There is no reason why you can’t investigate that church and find out what they teach there. If it’s an LGBTQ-friendly church, for example, you can tell others and cross that candidate off the list.
  6. State representatives and senators are far more responsive to their constituents than federal representatives and senators. Write to your state assemblymen about issues that concern you. Get them to support matters of Christian importance. First on the list should be protecting religious freedom for churches, and making it a crime to disrupt religious services if it isn’t already, and increase the penalties for vandalizing religious property, etc.
  7. If your state is hopelessly Antichristian, and there is no hope of electing Christian-friendly politicians, move to a state more favorable. There is no shame in this. Sometimes strategic retreat can be useful when part of a bigger battle plan. For example, trying to hold ground that is controlled by Antichristian forces is noble, but its not worth it of your children are going to be indoctrinated by Antichristian forces in the public school, and overwhelmed by Antichristian forces in the local culture.
  8. Send your kids to a Christian school, or else homeschool them if you can. Work on getting education vouchers for Christian schools and tax credits for homeschoolers in your state. Start writing letters. Get your churches involved.
  9. If for some reason you can’t get your kids out of public school, join together with other Christian parents and start rocking the boat. Demand that your children have time set aside every school day for prayer and religious instruction, and that accommodations be made for them off campus if necessary. (You might need to get your local church involved in this. Even small churches can help on this one.) This is permissible under federal law, so any school district that tries to deny it is acting on its own, without federal mandate. Don’t let them get away with it. You can find this under Section II, Part E on this government webpage, which reads as follows: “Schools have the discretion to dismiss students to off-premises religious instruction, provided that schools do not encourage or discourage participation in such instruction or penalize students for attending or not attending. Similarly, schools may excuse students from class to remove a significant burden on their religious exercise, including prayer, where doing so would not impose material burdens on other students.” Yes. You can demand that your local school district comply with this, and if you can get enough parents to support you, the district has no grounds to deny it. Rock the boat. Make a mess. (Do it legally and respectfully of course. We are Christians, remember?) Don’t relent. Don’t give up. Keep pushing. Get noisy about it if you need to. It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the oil. Remember that!
  10. Get your finances out of commercial banks and put them into a Christian Credit Union. Yes, Christians can have their own credit unions. Here’s one example. Search your local community and see if you can find something similar. If nothing exists, start talking to people at the local big churches, and see about organizing one. Keeping our money out of Antichristian commerce, is essential to choking the money supply to the Antichristian forces currently infiltrating America. There is no reason why we Christians should pay for the attacks leveled against us and our churches. Put your money to work for your church, instead of against it.
  11. Wear your religion on your sleeve. By that, I mean wear a reasonably sized cross neclace or Christian symbol, large enough for people to notice. It doesn’t have to be enormous. Just large enough for people to know you’re a Christian. If you’re Catholic, carry a rosary in your pocket too. Orthodox should do the same with prayer ropes. Thumb the beads (knots) regularly while praying at work, school or in public. Evangelicals might want to try this as well (here’s one method), or pray using the Bible or prayer book of some kind. You’re not trying to make a spectacle of yourself, or attract a lot of attention. That’s not the objective here. Rather, the objective is to normalize it. Get people used to seeing it. Desensitizing the public to Christian prayer habits will go a long way toward rebuilding a Christian culture and furthering Christian Nationalism.
  12. Display a Christian flag on your house and car. There are two basic Christian flags commonly used in the United States. The most common one is the inter-denominational Christian flag that is white, with a blue canton and a red cross set inside of it. It’s commonly associated with churches of the Protestant tradition. The other is the Vatican flag commonly used by Catholics. If, however, you’re looking for a flag that is particular to Christian Nationalism as a movement in the United States, you can find one here. If you’re looking for a Catholic Nationalist flag particular to the United States, you can find one here. However, there is one Christian flag that is universal to both Catholics and Protestants, that dates back to the crusades and has been used in many places throughout Europe. It’s the St. George Flag, which also happens to be the flag of England, Georgia, Barcelona, Savoy, Sardinia, and is also used in Sweden and Finland. This flag has universal appeal for Christian Nationalists, as it harkens back to the crusades and applies to the character of Western Christendom. St. George has embodied the spirit of Western Christendom for a thousand years. Fly one of these flags regularly outside your home. In addition to a flag, put a sticker of one on your car. Again, this is not to make a spectacle of yourself or attract a lot of attention. That’s not the objective here. Rather, the objective is to normalize it. Get people used to seeing it. This will go a long way toward rebuilding a Christian culture and furthering Christian Nationalism.

Shane Schaetzel is an author of Catholic books and an Evangelical convert to the Catholic Church through Anglicanism. His articles have been featured on LifeSiteNews, ChurchMilitant, The Remnant Newspaper, Forward in Christ, and Catholic Online. You can read Shane’s books at ShaneSchaetzel.Com