An Oregon pastor who frequently criticises Republicans is warning people about Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene‘s recent remarks urging the GOP to embrace being “Christian nationalists,” saying that she “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,” the 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 expressed support for Democrats on Twitter.
His remarks came as Greene doubled down on her recent speech at a young conservatives event, during which she argued that being a Christian nationalist was “actually a good thing.”
“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.”
In response, Reverend Currie, a member of the clergy at United Church and chaplain at Pacific University, advised 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.”
In another post, Currie quoted the late Reverend William Sloane Coffin, who said, “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.”