“And not standing there and pretending, pretending like they know a lot of verses in the Bible, which I don’t,” Flynn said. “All I know is that they can’t preach that without that thing called the United States Constitution. And that’s what we have to remind ourselves of.”
Christian nationalism has been a growing concern for many, both inside and outside the church, with a number of conservative political figures recently criticizing the American value of separation between Church and State.
“The church is supposed to direct the government,” Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert recently said. “The government is not supposed to direct the church. That is not how our founding fathers intended it, and I’m tired of this separation of church and state junk that’s not in the Constitution. It was in a stinking letter, and it means nothing like what they say it does.”
In an Independence Day weekend sermon, pastor Robert Jeffress of the prominent First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, argued that the separation of Church and State is to blame for the American crises of gun violence, racism, and abortion.
“What have been the results of 40-plus years of trying to separate our nation from its Christian heritage,” Jeffress asked of 20th century Supreme Court decisions that enshrined separation of Church and State as an American legal value. “Just look at the mass shootings. Just look at that 18-year-old in Uvalde. The racism that sparked the shooting in Buffalo. The immorality that is rampant in our country. Is that just by accident? No, when you teach people they’re nothing but animals, they’re going to act like animals.”
Though such rhetoric appears to be on the fringes of many evangelical communities, such a view is not entirely uncommon and may play heavily in voting patterns for many evangelicals who are members of the Republican party this November.