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What the controversial “God & Country” documentary gets right and wrong: Should you watch?

February 16, 2024 -

A small brown cross sits atop a closed black Bible, which sits atop an American flag. By Pixel-Shot/stock.adobe.com

A small brown cross sits atop a closed black Bible, which sits atop an American flag. By Pixel-Shot/stock.adobe.com

A small brown cross sits atop a closed black Bible, which sits atop an American flag. By Pixel-Shot/stock.adobe.com

God & Country, a documentary focused on Christian nationalism, is set to release on February 16 but not without its fair share of social media squabbles and public dissension.

The film seeks to uncover the reason for the extreme growth of Christian nationalism and the dangers the movement presents to America and the Christian faith. Through insightful footage and interviews, the documentarians reveal:

  • The decades-long history of nationalism seeping into churches
  • Evangelical leaders twisting Scripture and finding personal gain from deceptive teachings and worshiping America, not God
  • How politicians have taken advantage of Christians wanting a more faith-based America and feeding into it for their own benefit
  • Why many evangelicals believe America is a Christian nation
  • How Christian nationalism became a second religion, leading to an impassioned crowd on January 6, 2021

The documentary does a fine job of walking us through these important topics, but it does so from a non-evangelical point of view.

This is why many have found it surprising to see Russell Moore, David French, Phil Vischer, and other popular evangelical voices take part in the film, especially given it was produced by Rob Reiner. Still, they offer valuable perspectives.

What does God & Country get right?

The film rightly points out that America is not a “Christian nation” but is rather a nation filled with many Christians.

Whereas Christians can find pride and patriotism in their support for their country, they should not be grounded on the belief that America is a God-ordained institution.

For more on this, read Dr. Jim Denison’s “Why I am a Christian patriot, but not a Christian nationalist.

What does God & Country get wrong?

The film takes an anti-biblical stance on abortion and LGBTQ+ issues, decrying Christians for the repealing of Roe v. Wade and their unwillingness to evolve with the rapidly changing cultural landscape. There are even faith leaders in the documentary who mourn the reduction of abortion freedoms.

There’s also a general disregard for the idea that Christians should vote from their faith perspective and that God can, in fact, have a hand in government. Though the documentary strives to indicate otherwise, Christians should vote based on personal convictions that come from Scripture and the Holy Spirit (Romans 12:2). And we should pray for our nation and leaders, knowing that God can use America to achieve his glory and plans (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Should I watch God & Country?

God & Country has an important message about finding the line where Christians venture into a territory of non-Christlike behavior of perilous words and violent actions.

You’ll see the dangers of Christian nationalism, false prophets, and Scripture being twisted for financial and political gain.

Ultimately, even if you disagree with part or all of the film’s conclusions, understanding its perspective can be helpful. Moreover, it demonstrates the kinds of accusations and barriers to the faith we’re likely to encounter as we continue to share the gospel with a culture that desperately needs to hear it.

God & Country is worth your time, but watch with an open and cautious mind.

This film is rated PG-13 for thematic material, some violent images, and strong language.

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