A Pastor Dismantles Mike Johnson's Christian Nationalism
If a leader wants to claim divine appointment while being the embodiment of white Christian nationalism, it should be remembered that scripture warns of the dangers of false prophets.
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"I believe that Scripture and the Bible is very clear that God is the one that raises up those in authority,” Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) said after he won.
If God raises up those in authority, Republicans’ God was very confused, and it’s fair to say, unsure of whom to choose. As Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) fought for the chair, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) introduced him by citing the Book of Esther claiming Jordan was chosen “for such a time as this.”
It turns out Stefanik was wrong. It was Mike Johnson who was supposedly chosen “for such a time as this.” All told, it took four choices until Republicans settled on the very worst choice of the bunch, architech of 1/6 and hater of free people Speaker Mike Johnson.
Asked if her husband Mike Johnson was here in this role “for such a time as this, at this particular moment for a reason,” Kelly Johnson replied, “I do. I believe that God has placed him here. That’s biblical. The Bible says he raises up leaders and he, he brings them down, right? So he, so I believe that God has him here for just this time.”
Not all Christians agree with Mike Johnson and his wife’s claims that he was chosen by God and is serving a divine appointment. While this might be obvious to those who can see the man is not a spiritual leader of any kind, it’s important to parse as authoritarians co-opt Christian nationalism (see Hungary and Russia as recent examples) to cover the sins of their attacks on freedom and democracy.
Today, we’re sharing the thoughts of guest commentator Reverend Robert Franek, who finds Johnson’s claims and worldview to be egregiously misguided, concluding, “He may believe that he has been chosen by God, but the Republican House Conference clearly anointed him for purposes contrary to God’s justice and mercy for all.”
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