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Stranger In A Familiar Land: Living As A Christian In Christian Nationalism

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After Gulf War of 1991 and the 9-11 attacks, people began attending church once again. Religious sentiment became in vogue and people began to seek for a faith base. Evangelical Christians loved it and threw their weight behind George W. Bush's presidency and his battle against the forces of evil. The chapter explores how does one formulate and maintain one's Christian identity in the face of nationalism? People are placed in various locations within the world and must comply with the laws and governments there. But there is only one sovereign who is trusted for freedom, security, well-being and demands loyalty, obedience and devotion. Any other authority that attempts to replace that sovereign by demanding the trust, loyalty, obedience, or devotion that is due only to God must be rejected. Because of the Christian identity, people remain strangers in a familiar land.

Keywords: Bush; Christian nationalism; familiar land; Jesus Christ; religious sentiments; sovereign



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