Myth of a Christian Nation-Chapter 3

This chapter of Gregory Boyd’s book is entitled, “Keeping the Kingdom Holy.”

“When the kingdom is manifested, it’s rather obvious.  It doesn’t look like a church building.  It doesn’t necessarily look like a group of religious people professing certain things–including the profession that they are Christian.  It doesn’t necessarily look like a gathering of people advocating the right political or ethical causes.  It doesn’t look like a group using swords, however righteous they believe their sword-wielding to be.  It rather looks like Calvary.” (p. 52)

“No version of the kingdom of the world, however comparatively good it may be, can protect its self-interests while loving its enemies, turning the other cheek, going the extra mile, or blessing those who persecute it.  Yet loving our enemies and blessing those who persecute us is precisely what kingdom-of-God citizens are called to do.  It’s what it means to be Christian.  By definition, therefore, you can no more have a Christian worldly government than you can have a Christian petunia or aardvark.  A nation may nave noble ideals and be committed to just principles, but it’s not for this reason Christian.” (p. 54)

“This kingdom of God is not an ideal version of the kingdom of the world; it’s not something that any version of the kingdom of the world can aspire toward or be measured against.  The kingdom of God is a completely distinct, alternative way of life.” (p. 55)

“Until the kingdom of God transforms the entire globe, conflict is inevitable.” (p. 57)

“Jesus didn’t come to give us the Christian answer to the world’s many sociopolitical quandaries, and he didn’t come to usher in a new and improved version of the kingdom of the world.  His agenda was far more radical…” (p. 59)

“Our central job is not to solve the world’s problems.  Our job is to draw our entire life from Christ and manifest that life to others.”  (p. 64)

That second paragraph is precise and logical to me.  That sums it up.  Enjoy.  More to come.

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8 thoughts on “Myth of a Christian Nation-Chapter 3

  1. I have found this series to be very interesting.
    I have learned many things through your selections.
    I appreciate you lettingus know about this important topic.

  2. Oh, oh, oh! That second paragraph is a doozy. (How do you spell doozy?)

    I’ve stated this when speaking to groups of young people in Argentina. To be a “good” leader of a nation of this world, you have to promote the interests of your own nation, regardless of what effect that has on other nations. That’s not how the kingdom of God operates.

    How many of our Christians colleges have burned this book so far?

    Grace and peace,
    Tim

  3. Brian, if you were applying for a job with a CoC which school had you rather have on your resume. Abilene christian, or Baylor, now if you were applying at a Baptist church, which had you rather have. Don’t they both teach from the same bible ?

  4. laymond, while i appreciate the relationships and study I enjoyed at Christian colleges, I believe they are fraught with contradictions and dangers. some of these same issues apply to christian colleges

    so, yeah, they can be idols, divisive, and problematic

    your second questions seems obvious, what point are you trying to make? i missed it..

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