The theme of Donald Trump’s campaign. Although this could be good or bad, depending on what it actually means. It could mean a return to slavery and debtors prisons.
It could also mean a return to individualism; when people could stand on their own two feet, without help from the government. Along with that could be a return to a time when people worked together and valued family and community and weren’t so obsessed with work and money.
Either way I’m not a fan of American Exceptionalism. I like the quote in the anti-federalist papers where the writer declared that they would rather be a citizen of a free state rather than an empire. Empires always collapse.
The nation of God is not dependent on national boundaries. In the book of 1 Samuel, we learn that political leaders and kings only rise up because the majority want one. Hence government is an antichrist system, or the “beast”.
The more the citizens of any earthly nation walk in the Divine light, the more the Kingdom of God manifests itself.
Nationalism is nothing short of idolizing one’s own country.