(OPINION) ETH – The Washington Post is warning America of an emerging movement that has been dubbed “Patriot Churches” in America, centered around praying for Trump to win by a “landslide” in the coming election. According to the Washington Post, the “Patriot Church is “part of an evolving network of nondenominational start-up congregations that say they want to take the country back for God.
While most White conservative Christian churches might only touch on politics around election time and otherwise choose to keep the focus during worship on God, politics, and religion are inseparable here. The Tennessee congregation is one of three Patriot Churches that formed in September.
The other two are near Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., and in Spokane, Wash., and Peters says he is talking with several more pastors of existing churches who want to join them.” The report states that the 50 or so people that gather together may identify as born-again or just as generic “Bible-loving” Christians.
TWP states that these Patriot Churches belong to what religion experts are identifying as a loosely organized Christian nationalist movement that has flourished under President Donald Trump. The report states that In just four years’ time, Trump has helped reshape the landscape of American Christianity by elevating Christians once considered fringe, including Messianic Jews, preachers of the prosperity gospel, and self-styled prophets. At times, this made for some strange bedfellows, but the common thread among them is a sense of being under siege and a belief that America has been and should remain a Christian nation. MORE