Reading Analysis of Boyd’s Myth of a Christian Nation

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The authors present the dangers involved when the church engages itself in politics whether liberal or conservative. He entitles this The cross and the sword. The chief aim is to offer explanations that will work as eye openers to the Christians as well as demonstrate to them the wickedness of involvement in politics. He presents the sermon quoting the bible as his basis to support his argument. He explains how political and national agendas have clouded the minds of Christians (Boyd, 2009). The author’s main issue is that he believes a significant segment of evangelicalism is culpable of believing in nationalistic and political ideas, which he calls, idolatry. To Boyd (2009) the evangelists have mixed Christianity (kingdom of God) and politics (kingdom of the world). He argues that the evangelists have deviated from understanding the kingdom of God as Jesus did by not involving him in politics of the time. He believes that evangelicals have allowed their understanding of the kingdom of God to be contaminated by political issues, agendas and ideals. These evangelicals support ideas such from a Christian candidate who will outlaw abortion, gay marriages, winning the cultural war among others. These evangelicals believe in taking America back to God. …
Secondly, he says that keeping the kingdom of God distinct from all other versions does not mean that Christians should not take part in political activities such as elections. This is a true reflection of true citizens in a free country. The distinction between the kingdoms implies that the citizens of the kingdom of heaven need to take care. This is to differentiate between their core value and faith on one hand and the way they express their political values and faith, on the other hand. To Boyd (2009) the way of the kingdom of God is absolute, uncompromising and straight forward while that of the kingdom of the world is complex, full of ambiguities and compromising. He says the evangelicals who share the same faith and core values often disagree. This is in regards about how they how they should justify and inform their involvement with the kingdom of the world. Finally, the author presents a clear vision the uniqueness of the kingdom of God. This is revealed in the life of Jesus Christ, and how the Calvary way of life brings change in people’s lives. This is different from the way the kingdom of the world brings change to people. To add on the evidence, he presents the consequences that would befall the Christian evangelicals if they fail to maintain the uniqueness of the way of the heavenly kingdom. He aims to present how contrasts the kingdom of the world is to that of heaven. The author’s conclusion is that Christian should take part in politics but should not use these views and their differences in the church. They should draw a clear distinction that is drawn between the kingdom two kingdoms. They should not let the kingdom of the world ideologies influence their living and their participation in