Dr. Adam Wyatt currently serves as the senior pastor of Corinth Baptist Church in Magee, Mississippi. He received his Ph.D. in Biblical Theology from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Adam has a heart for church revitalization and has served in various denominational roles within the Southern Baptist Convention. His new book is “Biblical Patriotism: An Evangelical Alternative to Nationalism.”
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Key Questions for Adam Wyatt
-Why not just be a citizen of the kingdom of heaven and a world Christian? Why also be a patriotic citizen of one’s nation?
-What do you think the 2020 presidential election showed us about patriotism and nationalism?
-How do you advise church leaders to navigate patriotism in church contexts?
Key Quotes From Adam Wyatt
“So many people use nationalism and patriotism interchangeably, and some are pro both and some use them wrongly.”
“The way I define patriotism is it’s rooted in loyalty for our country, our home country, our land, our people and our culture. And I actually make the claim that a proper, biblically informed patriotism is the proper alternative to both nationalism and cosmopolitanism.”
“Nationalism is seeking to exalt our country over others.”
“I don’t think it’s wrong to be political. God’s given us in our country the ability to vote, and I’m thankful for that because we actually have a role to play in the political process. But also at the same time, because of social media and division and disunity and different opinions, there’s no middle ground anymore.”
“Patriotism has become a toxic word, and I think that’s unfair.”
“As a pastor, you can have your own personal opinion, but you’ve also got to be sensitive to your people while also trying to lovingly shepherd them well. And so I think there’s a tension.”