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5.0 out of 5 stars milestone work, June 27, 2011
This review is from: The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church (Kindle Edition)
Gregory Boyd, an evangelical pastor and Christian theologian, brings to light how we have confused the kingdom of God with the kingdom of the world, and with eloquence and intelligence exposes how that confusion has led the nation away from true Christianity. He unveils how our tribalistic nature causes us to advance our own group, nation, ethnicity, ideology, religion, or politics, and rather than embrace others who are different from ourselves, demonize them, contrary to what Jesus taught.

This tribal nature is made evident when he writes, "The thinking is that America was founded as a Christian nation but has simply veered off track. If we can just get the power of Caesar again, however, we can take it back. If we can just get more Christian policies, we can restore this nation to its "one nation under God" status. If we can just protect the sanctity of marriage, make it difficult, if not impossible, to live a gay lifestyle. And overturn Roe vs. Wade, we will be getting closer. If we can get prayer (Christian prayer, of course) back into our schools along with the Ten Commandments and creationist teaching, we will be restoring our country's Christian heritage. If we can just keep "one nation under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, protect the rights of Christians to speak their minds, get more control of the liberal media, clean up the trash that's coming out of the movie and record industry, while marginalizing, if not eradicating, liberal groups such as the ACLU, we will have won this nation back for Jesus Christ. Yes, the thinking goes, if only we can get Christian people and Christian ideas to dominate the political landscape, we will have won the culture war and God will be glorified."

He then powerfully points out that the best way to defeat the kingdom of God, is to empower the church to rule the kingdom of the world, moving away from the kingdom of God--"The best way to get people to lay down their cross is to hand them the sword."

You will, after reading this book, look at your faith with a new enlightened perspective, and come closer to the Nazarene teacher you revere, and what he taught.

Joe Arrigo
Author of, The Secret Factor for Uncommon Sales Success
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