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.
Over the past hundred years, many in The South have come to identify not only with Americanism, but Zionism, Liberalism, and now Globalism as sacred causes; willing to offer themselves on the altar of those who, at best, see them as stalwart pawns, and at worst, actively labor toward their dispossession.
What if that ended?
Fellow Southerners, in the past years and months, we have witnessed an explosion of nationalism and race-realism in right-wing politics and culture, especially as it pertains to the “Alt-Right.” The use of the internet has especially contributed to the rise of the Alt-Right and its popularity amongst young people. There are many positives to this development, not the least of which is the reshaping of the political paradigms of conservatism and the rejection of the impotent, abstracted, propositional views of nationality and identity that have plagued conservatism for so long.
The notion that Christians are not merely not obligated to do anything to stand against this flood tide of evil which has come to so pervasively characterize the time we live in but are in fact obligated to not do anything is a pernicious piece of poppydash.
Perhaps nowhere else in the West exists a Christian tradition as deeply rooted as that of Dixie (or the Southern people). Dominated by Protestantism in rural areas and peppered with Catholicism in urban areas like New Orleans, we still find community bonds and moral guidance through the cultural legacies of our religious heritage. I truly value this sense of brotherhood that Christianity provides Southern people.