Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene recently called for the GOP to embrace being “Christian nationalists,” according to an Oregon preacher who routinely criticizes Republicans, Greene “dances with the devil.”
“Unlike Marjorie Taylor Greene, I’ve studied the Scriptures & devoted myself to serving the Church. Christian nationalism is a racist ideology incompatible with Christianity,” Reverend Chuck Currie tweeted on Monday. “Jesus was for all the world, not one nation. Beware false teachers like Greene. She dances with the devil,” said Currie, who has tweeted his support for the Democrats.
In her recent speech to a gathering of young conservatives, Greene asserted that being a Christian nationalist was “really a wonderful thing,” and he made his comments while she backed up that assertion.
“We need to be the party of nationalism,” the Georgia lawmaker reiterated in an interview over the weekend. “I’m a Christian, and I say it proudly—we should be Christian nationalists.”
As a retort, Reverend Currie, a chaplain at Pacific University and a member of the clergy of the United Church, urged people to “never take religious advice from Marjorie Taylor Greene,” arguing that the ideology she has promoted is “contrary to the teachings of Jesus.”
“Christian nationalism isn’t just a threat to democracy. It is also a threat to an understanding of Christianity that places Jesus and his teachings first,” the pastor tweeted on Monday. “Christian nationalism is a virus. Jesus is the vaccine.”
“Nationalism, at the expense of another nation, is just as wicked as racism at the expense of another race. In other words, good patriots are not nationalists. A nationalist is a bad patriot,” Currie wrote in another post quoting Reverend William Sloane Coffin.
The Connected Church of Christ identifies as a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church united in Spirit to love all, welcome all, and seek justice for all.”
On his website, Currie lists the problems he has tried to solve as “homelessness, healthcare, gun violence, climate change, and immigration reform.”
Additionally criticizing Greene’s comments, The Middle Church of New York tweeted, “Christian nationalism violates Christ. God didn’t come as a ruler or a conqueror, but as vulnerable love. The ethos of empire is fundamentally incompatible with the ethos of God.”
Religious leaders weren’t the only ones to criticize the lawmaker.
Greene was called a “Nazi” by some Twitter users on Monday. In recent years, Christian nationalism in the U.S. has been strongly linked to far-right extremism, especially white supremacy.
“I am being attacked by the godless left because I said I’m a proud Christian Nationalist,” Greene said as she defended her position on Twitter. “These evil people are even calling me a Nazi because I proudly love my country and my God. The left has shown us exactly who they are. They hate America, they hate God, and they hate us.”
When Greene’s publicist Nick Dyer was contacted for comment regarding Currie’s remarks, he inquired, “Who?”
Currie claimed that Marjorie Taylor Greene “is granted a considerable bully pulpit in her status as a member of Congress” in a statement addressed to Newsweek.
“She has used that pulpit to divide Americans along religious and racial lines,” he added. “Christians have a responsibility to speak out when politicians attempt to misuse faith as a tool for division. Christian nationalism is a threat to both church and state.”