Suffix Circle

What’s Your Suffix?

In today’s world, the pressure is on to ensure that we use the proper “pronoun(s)” when addressing people who are adamant about wanting to be someone/something that differs from how God created them. In fact, some people have even lost their job for failing to use a pronoun when addressing another person; a pronoun that is antithetical to what their own eyes are telling them.

This trend of fooling with pronouns has morphed into having the “woke” now utilize another linguistic tool to alter a word’s meaning. This allows them to place individuals or groups into a labeled category. This grammatical tool is the ubiquitous use of the suffixes “ism” or “ist”.

Nowadays, we all fall into some name-game label, such as racist; fascist; egotist; pessimist; optimist; globalist; capitalist; supremist; nationalist, etc. Or, we can be accurately or inaccurately labeled to espouse certain “isms” like liberalism; conservatism; socialism; republicanism; messianism, etc. Trust me, the number of “isms” and “ists” are endless.

I want to focus on one “ism” or “ist” that is frequently used to throw all  deplorables into one basket – “Christian nationalism.” Liberal media and others often use another term to add a racial component (of course) – “white nationalism.”

Let’s start with the definition(s) of nationalism. It is a sense of loyalty and commitment to one’s country. It includes belief that the country ought to self-govern, pursue self-interests, and encourage shared cultural attributes. Such goals are neither good nor bad in and of themselves. Appreciation for one’s culture, language, traditions, music, history, or achievements is a good thing. However, there are a numerous opinions as to what really qualifies as nationalism.

Yet nationalism can exist in nations with totalitarian, authoritarian, fascist or democratic governments. In America, we are blessed to have a doctrine or creed that defines our American identity or exceptionalism as defined in the Declaration of Independence, which spells it out succinctly,

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,–That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Our nation’s creed is rooted in our founding principles of natural law; nature’s God; liberty; individual rights; limited government; and civil institutions. The first and second Amendments of the Constitution are paramount to ensuring our republic and the freedoms they protect. Sadly, many Americans are trying their best to dismantle these pillars of liberty.

The problem is that nationalism has taken on a variety of definitions, and has led to Christian nationalism becoming a derogatory term. With the ever-increasing war on Christianity, whenever a believer has an opinion that doesn’t sit well with a liberal’s point of view, they are immediately labeled a “Christian nationalist.” Moreover, when there is a hint of connecting a person’s social or political views with their faith, a media blitz, protest, and even violence may ensue on the part of the offended wokester(s).

Any time someone takes a political stance supporting pro-life or pro-Israel, whether or not they are a Christian, they are immediately pigeonholed as a “Christian nationalist.” Just because a voter’s morality is derived from the Bible, does not make them a Christian nationalist.

Our society is full of activists for numerous causes, but for whatever reason, they are not put into the “nationalist” basket. Take for example the staunch supporters of the transgender world are not labeled “transgender nationalists” despite their loyalty and devotion to the cause. And what about all those climate crazies? You don’t hear them referred to as “climate nationalists” – they’re just crazy!

So, perhaps it’s time we tell our liberal labelers to start referring to us with a new label. When it comes right down to it, we are “Christian patriots.” Look mom, no suffix! A patriot is defined as “loving one’s country.” When we voice, display, or demonstrate our love for our country, we now become “patriotic” – so, now a new suffix – “ic”.

Let’s not forget that first and foremost our love, devotion, and loyalty is to God first, not our nation. And those of us who have had a spiritual rebirth, Philippians 3:20 says, For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,” We are responsible for living under the authority of those who are over us in the things of this world. But we should never lose sight of Whose we are, making sure He is Lord of every part of our lives, even when the world opposes that commitment. We have dual citizenship.

We’ve covered some “isms” and “ists” that the world is so fond of throwing around. But here is something I find interesting. Most religions end with “ism” – Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Islamism etc. Yet, the one religion, which the radical left is so threatened by, doesn’t end in “ism” – it ends with “ity” – Christianity. “Ism” is a practice or philosophy, while “ity” is a state of being. This may not be very profound, but it is interesting.

So, whatever label the left wants to tag on us  – Christian nationalist, white nationalist,  etc. – I’m proud to be called a Christian, and even a Christian Patriot, or Christian faithful. The love of God, family, country, and freedom are declarations that makes the enemy shudder, and the left’s hair to catch on fire.

The extreme leftists are threatened by Christians, but all we can do is follow Jesus’ teachings. In His Sermon on the Mount, He said, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-17) Embrace your suffix!

By Mist Carter

(Mist Carter is Christian patriot who is the author of three books. Her most recent release, “We the People—Daily Devotional for Loving God & Country” is now available. Her previous books are titled, “Our Crumbling Foundation—Will God Cancel Us?” and “God’s Truth About America!” Proceeds from all her book sales go to support Tunnel to Towers!)

(The views expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Nevada Signal.)