If you’re a frequent visitor to this site, you’ve probably noticed recent references to Gregory A. Boyd’s The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power is Destroying the Church.  I began reading this book because I’d found myself becoming more and more politically involved over the past year and had been personally questioning to what extent I should allow that involvement. 

I finally finished the book today, and I feel that it was a worthwhile read.  While I do not exactly agree with every point in the book, I’d like to recommend it to any politically involved Christian.  Boyd challenges Christians to decide where they draw the line between their allegiance to their country and their allegiance to the kingdom to God, and he leaves you examining to what extent—if any—the two coincide.

While this book provides good food for thought, I urge you read with shrewd caution and not allow your mind to mislead you.  For example, one of Boyd’s final points is about standing in solidarity with the oppressed.  He writes:

Jesus…exposed the ugly injustice of the Roman government and the world by entering into solidarity with a rebel race and letting us crucify him on the cross.  Jesus’ whole life was the kingdom of God, and his consistent sacrificial love, in solidarity with the oppressed, consistently provided a beautiful contrast to the ugliness of the oppressive kingdom of the world and the oppressive principalities and powers that are over it. 

As followers of Jesus, we are called to do the same.  While we, along with all decent citizens, should work against unjust laws by political means, our distinctive calling as kingdom people is to go far beyond this and manifest Calvary-quality love.  We are called to enter into solidarity with all who are marginalized and crushed by the powers-that-be and to allow ourselves to be marginalized and crushed along with them.  This Calvary-quality love exposes the ugly injustice of laws that marginalize and crush, and in this way, just possibly leads oppressors to repent  (183-184). 

Considering current events both home and abroad, one must be careful not to misread these words.  While we indeed may be called to stand in solidarity with the oppressed, it is important to note that we’re also in a spiritual battle against the forces of evil—and evil is always deceptive in the way that it presents itself.  We need to be vigilant, informed, and knowledgeable of whom we’re standing with.

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