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Monday, March 4, 2024
March 4, 2024

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Letter: Jesus welcomed ‘others’


Many on the far right have adopted an old and deadly heresy called Christian nationalism.

The best way to describe Christian nationalists is to identify what or whom they oppose. They oppose anyone who is not white. They oppose Jews and Muslims and Hindus. In other words, anyone who is not a Christian. They oppose immigrants. They oppose the LGBTQ community and same-sex marriage. They do not believe in the separation of church and state.

Lastly, and most sadly, many of them no longer support democracy. Instead, they would like to impose their own religious agenda on every American. Even the current Supreme Court is complicit.

Jesus would have strongly disagreed with them. He would have encouraged them to adopt “a more excellent way.” The way to love, not hate, to include, not exclude the “other.” St. Paul summarized this when he wrote, “Welcome one another just as Christ has welcomed you.”

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