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Sufjan Stevens: A ‘Christian Nation’ Is Absolutely Heretical

BY RELEVANT CULTURE February 06, 2017

Singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens has posted another powerful mini-sermon
—this time, breaking down why it’s theologically problematic to conflate patriotism and nationalism with Christianity. It reads (in part):

You cannot pledge allegiance to a nation state and its flag in the name of God, for God has no political boundary. God is love, period …

“A ‘Christian Nation” is absolutely heretical. Christ did not come into this world to become a modifier. Look at what happened to the Holy Roman Empire …

To gain access to true love and true self, you must die to yourself, to your family, your heritage, your narrow-minded ideology, your ego, your ill-conditioned consciousness, and your false identity …

You must eradicate all the corrupt theological fear-mongering they preach from the pulpit and from behind the political podium. Get real and get right with god. Go in your closet and pray for your enemies.

You can read the whole thing here.

Last week, Stevens wrote another open letter, addressed to “America” warning about God’s judgment on those who mistreat or abandon those in need.

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