Does the presidential election matter?

The Myth of a Christian NationMy position is best stated and explained by Gregory Boyd who lost 20 percent (1000 people) from his congregation after teaching on the larger issue surrounding this question – “Should the kingdom of God be fused with the kingdom of the world?”

I believe a significant segment of American evangelicalism is guilty of nationalistic and political idolatry. To a frightful degree, I think, evangelicals fuse the kingdom of God with a preferred version of the kingdom of the world (whether it’s our national interests, a particular form of government, a particular political program, or so on). Rather than focusing our understanding of God’s kingdom on the person of Jesus, … I believe many of us American evangelicals have allowed our understanding of the kingdom of God to be polluted with political ideals, agendas, and issues.

I argue that this perspective is misguided, that fusing together the kingdom of God with this or any other version of the kingdom of the world is idolatrous and that this fusion is having serious negative consequences for Christ’s church and for the advancement of God’s kingdom.1

Any questions?

1The Myth of a Christian Nation, by Gregory A. Boyd.

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2 Responses

  1. Greg Boyd presents the clearest and most engaging and challenging description of what the Kingdom of God is and is not that I have ever read. I encourage all Christians who value Christ and His Kingdom to read this book, particularly when political fires are raging around us in an election year. We need to speak the language of God’s Kingdom, not the rhetoric of secular political parties, especially when those parties are attempting to influence and hijack citizens of God’s party.

  2. Thanks, Ron. I submitted my vote (for you) and enjoyed reading the comments about the presidential election. I am also interested in Greg’s book and from the cover I agree that a quest for power is not something Christians should be striving for. At the same time, when I think of issues of poverty in the world, so much is related to the quality of governance in impoverished nations. In this regard I think its important for Christians to endevour for good government that benefits people. I think fighting for human rights, elimination of corruption, and democracy help the world’s poor. Thus I don’t think Christians should take a back seat to getting involved in politics.

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