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.