Recently, I wrote an article about the necessity of maintaining explicit Christianity in Southern Nationalism. This raises some questions about an institution that is integral to Christianity, the Church. Over the next few weeks, I will explore some practical and theological issues that pertain to the relationship between the Church and Southern Nationalism, and how Christianity and the Church can be reclaimed.
Most Southern Nationalists and even those in the broader Alt-Right recognize that the official institutions of Christianity – the various churches and/or denominations – have become utterly eviscerated, emasculated, apostate, and “cucked.” For instance, recently many Southern Nationalists and Alt-Right personalities have waged a campaign against Russell Moore and the Southern Baptist convention using the hashtag #SBC17. The SBC was formerly one of the more conservative leaning protestant bodies and has its historical roots in the rejection of abolitionism in the mid 19th century and Civil Rights in the 1960s. However, in recent years the leadership of the SBC has promulgated open borders, high levels of third-world immigration, acceptance of refugees, toleration and “love” for sodomites and other perverts, and has even gone so far as to support and contribute to the building of a Mosque in New Jersey in the name of “religious liberty.”
The Southern Baptists are not the first Christian body to embrace anti-Christ liberalism, toleration of wickedness, and an undue love for the foreign. The Methodist Church recently appointed a transgender deacon, the bishop of Rome is a Marxist with a soft spot for those who seek to destroy Europe, Episcopal and Anglican churches have embraced much theological and social liberalism over the past few decades, and even conservative “Reformed” Presbyterians are quick to excommunicate any who dare to love their race and seek to preserve and defend it (at least as long as the culprit is white).
This creates a conundrum for Southern Nationalists who are Christians. As a Christian, union with the bride of Christ, the Christian church, is essential and commanded by God. However, most institutional churches are apostate and are practically speaking enemies of our God. Thus, many of our people have opted to leave church altogether, and some have even fled to Eastern Orthodoxy for refuge and a spiritual home that still embraces some traditional Christian values.
However, are these the only two options for maintaining Christianity as individuals and as a nation redeemed by God? Perhaps there is a third option by which our people can remain in a church that is ethnically Southern, has historic roots in our people back to the apostolic era, which will see the Church of God rise from the ashes instead of crumbling into irrelevancy, and by which the Church will be restored to a position of prominence and righteousness in the Southern nation.
There is a third option, and that is to retake the Church for our children, for Dixie, and for our God. Specifically, we must reclaim and restore the Anglican Church in Dixie.
Undoubtedly, this proposition will be surprising to some. Surely it seems on its face that an organizational body more externally aligned with “social conservatism” such as the Southern Baptist Convention, or a foreign yet traditionalist church such as the Eastern Orthodox would be a better spiritual home for Southern Nationalists who want to restore the Church in Dixie.
However, I think it absolutely clear that the best option, furthermore the moral and righteous option, is to reclaim and restore the Anglican Church in Dixie. A future article will delve into the specifics in further detail and will lay out some of the practical methods of retaking Anglicanism, but below are some of the most important factors at play in this discussion.
1. Southern Nationalism is thinking from being Southern. Our ethnic identity is a heritage of the Lord and influences (or should influence) every factor of our being. We are Southern in our politics, in our art, in our culture, in our language, in our familial relationships, and we must be Southern in our religion. This alone should put foreign Christian traditions off the table, and even though some good Southern Nationalists disagree, that includes Eastern Orthodoxy. This is not because Eastern Orthodoxy is evil or bad, but it is because Eastern Orthodoxy is not Southern. The same goes for the Roman Church, which is ruled by the bishop of Rome and the Vatican. It is intellectual schizophrenia to embrace Southern Nationalism while embracing foreign rule or influence in religion. We need nationalism in politics, nationalism in culture, and nationalism in religion. (N.B. This does not negate the universal nature of the holy, catholic, and apostolic church).
Anglicanism is quite simply the most organic and historic religion of the Southern people. When the cross of Christ was planted in Jamestown in 1607, Dixie was claimed for Christ by the Church of England. Prior to the Southern people inhabiting Dixie, we overwhelmingly came from Great Britain. The Church of England was where our forefathers worshiped since the very conversion of the British peoples in the 2nd century. Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and the “fighting bishop” himself, Leonidas Polk, were Anglicans. In fact, the very name “Anglican” is ethnic in nature. The Anglican Church is the church of the Anglo-Saxon race. Anglicanism is organic to our people.
2. Individualism, modernity, democracy, and egalitarianism are what got our churches into the mess they are in to begin with. The vast majority of Evangelical denominations have no root in history prior to the 18th or 19th century. At the risk of sounding overly critical, they basically are the product of a group of people thinking that the other churches were wrong about some point of doctrine and democratically “voting” a church into existence. The vast majority of Evangelical denominations and churches have at their root the will of man as the measure of all things. They sway with the winds of change and progress, as they are grounded in little more than the current state of mind of the attendees and ministers. Evangelical authority structures, if you can call them that, are at best petty dictatorships of ministers, cults of personality, or mob rule by the congregation. Southern Nationalism in religion should not embrace the underlying paradigms of the Yankee Republic we so despise, such as individualism, egalitarianism, and will-worship.
As a church that is traditionally comprised of many aristocrats and elites in the South, it is not surprising that the Episcopal/Anglican Church in Dixie today espouses many socially liberal positions. Like the elites today, even in the South, the Episcopal/Anglican Church is quite liberal. However, there is a stark contrast between the Anglican Church and the “conservative” evangelical church. Worship in the Anglican Church is governed by the Book of Common prayer, regulating and limiting the service to traditional and ancient prayers, creeds, confessions, and the reading of the Word of God. This allows for the structure and core of the service to remain quite traditional, even if the beliefs of the priests and ministers are often far to the left of us. To put it simply, the service would not change substantially if a leftist or a Southern Nationalist was priest. In a time of increasing liberalism among our people, a grounded, ancient, liturgical tradition can provide much stability and maintain the flame of our ancient faith, even if it does not burn as brightly as it once did.
3. Southern Nationalism is traditionalist to its core. We believe that the way forward is the way back. A love of history, tradition, and the old paths are some defining marks of the Southern Nationalist. As such, it makes sense that our churches should have the same marks. Swaying with your eyes closed, singing the latest “Contemporary Christian” worship chorus from a projector screen just isn’t our style. We worship the God of mercy and wrath, by whom every thing has its being. He is to be worshiped in awe, majesty, and reverence.
Anglican worship is more viscerally conservative and traditional than any other Protestant tradition. Although it seems counter-intuitive, the service at the majority of Episcopal churches across Dixie is more majestic, reverential, and traditional than the service at a bible-thumping conservative baptist church. When you are worshiping at an Anglican Church, you are worshiping in the same way as our ancestors have for millennia. You are bowing before God and exalting His greatness and glory, even though there are many tares in the wheat.
This article is just intended to be the beginning of this series. I hope it lays some groundwork that will pave the way to Southern Nationalists looking to our people’s past for an answer to the current crisis in Christianity. There will be future articles on this issue that address the practical methods of retaking the Anglican Church in Dixie and that address some more in depth issues related to Christianity, the Church, and Southern Nationalism. Retaking the Church will not be easy, but as a great Southern hero once said, “duty is ours, the results are God’s.”
R.G. Miller is a husband and father to two future Southern Nationalists and one future Southern Belle. He is chairman for the Arkansas League of the South.