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Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics to Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb Paperback – January 20, 2017
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"Jesus Untangled is a clarion call for Christians towake up to the many ways we have compromised our distinct calling as citizensof the kingdom of God by becoming entangled with the affairs of the kingdom ofthe world. It is a prophetic call for us to remember, and to never againforget, that we are soldiers of God's kingdom." - Greg Boyd, author "The Myth of a Christian Nation."
"If you can't stand being challenged, only affirmed, well don't read this book! Keith will make you think and re-think. Jesus Untangled is a helpful corrective to a tragic mistake made by both the Christian right and the Christian left: Confusing our own politics with the beautiful, transcendent mission of the church." - Brant Hansen, radio host and author of "Unoffendable."
"Jesus Untangled touches some of the most sensitive nerves in the religious world. You may struggle deeply with some of the details he presents, but Keith Giles does a superb job of uncovering the lie that wraps the flag or national symbol of any country around Jesus. Our allegiance is only to the Lamb of God." - Jon Zens, author, teacher and New Testament scholar.
"In Jesus Untangled Keith Giles has put into words the cries and moans my heart has been making for years. This book could have been called Jesus Unstrangled because Keith is pumping oxygen back into our relationship with Christ and helping release the chokehold of American Churchianity. If your blood runs red, white, and blue while your faith sits meek and mild then I dare you to read this book!" -- Kent C. Williamson, Emmy nominated director of "By War & By God."
About the Author
Keith Giles is a former pastor who abandoned the pulpit to follow Jesus, and ended up founding a church where 100% of the offering is given away to help the poor in his surrounding community. He lives in Orange, California with his wife and two sons.
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Readers will find the book very accessible and easy to read. The author tackles a variety of related/integrated topics that challenge the notion that the U.S. (or any country for that matter) can be "Christian." Chapter 7 (The Conspiracy of Entanglement) is especially important for those who may be numb to their own tendency to conflate the faith of Jesus with a very uniquely American approach to Christianity.
The whole book is an important reminder and warning about the dangers of getting Jesus (and loyalty to him) tangled up with loyalty to American Civil Religion. Add this one to your own library along with many others in a growing collection of books challenging followers of Jesus to hold loyalty to Him over loyalty to any other power, government, nation, idea, tribe, political party, or cause.
He clearly sets out a New Testament and early Church paradigm with regard to these and to the militarism and violence that necessarily accompanies them. While I am not convinced that Christians should not vote or hold any elective office, Giles makes compelling arguments for the disentanglement of Christians from the idea of salvation by political solution. He demonstrates forcefully that a Christian nation can't be politically achieved and has nothing to do with the laws it may enact.
I thoroughly recommend this book and will be using it for a small group study.
I like at the end the author's exhortation for us to not let this new way of thinking make us arrogant. We must prayerfully consider the things that we have learned and pray for the gentleness in which to convey this mindset to others. The most important means is of course how we lead and live our own lives!