Richard Mouw: How to Be a Patriotic Christian

How to Be a Patriotic Christian

IVP, 2022

By Richard Mouw

WHO: Richard Mouw, a senior research fellow at the Henry Institute for the Study of Religion and Politics at Calvin University.

HE SAYS: “Our national conversation has to take place with a recognition of ideals and values that are not of our own human making.”

THE BIG IDEA: Healthy patriotism is love of country in the context of Christian love of neighbor.

THE PROGRESSION: In nine chapters, the author explores what it means to be citizens in the nation the Lord has placed us without going to the extremes of disengagement or Christian nationalism.

“The God who sheds his grace on each of us individually sent his son into the world to take on the hopes and fears of all the years, including the collective hopes and fears of nations and peoples.”