My teacher Scot McKnight just published a piece at Jesus Creed, now hosted at Christianity Today online, warning Evangelicals of the trap of "statism" running amok in Christian circles. This statism was on full display in the reactions to Mark Galli's editorial piece on Trump a few weeks back. Here's a couple paragraphs, but you … Continue reading Evangelicalism’s Big Trap
To all God's beloved living in the United States today, Paul would write urging us, like the church in ancient Rome, to be a set-apart people, setting up little beachheads of Christ's eternal kingdom right here and now in the swamp of partisan politics and idolatrous nationalistic sentiment.
Here's another good challenge from Skye Jethani on the idol of nationalism: The temptation to root our identity in our country is certainly nothing new. It was equally prevalent during the early church when Christians were divided by their loyalty to Christ and his church, and their loyalty to their nation of origin—whether Rome, Greece, … Continue reading Christian Colonists or Tourists?
In his ongoing series on American Idols, this week Skye Jethani is taking on the idol of patriotism in his "With God Daily" devotional. This clarion call and challenge has been a key concern of mine. Keeping the church's identity and witness distinct from national agendas and partisan politics is essential for the mission of the … Continue reading America is Not the Chosen (Skye Jethani)
This is an excerpt from a much longer essay I wrote called "Royal Scribes in the King's Court: Ancient Education & Christian Discipleship." Enjoy! I hail from good Lutheran stock from the Midwest (Minnesota) where we shared potlucks (with an endless variety of “hot dishes”) in the church basement, and Bible studies in the Fireside … Continue reading Political Discipleship in the Christian Colony
When it comes to how followers of Jesus ought to engage in politics, I'm an Anabaptist. Anabaptists believe in following Jesus' radical ethic laid out in the Sermon on the Mount, and keeping the church separate from earthly power and politics. Here's Greg Boyd, another Anabaptist thinker, giving 12 reasons to keep the kingdom of God … Continue reading Gotta Keep ’em Separated (Greg Boyd)