Myth of a Christian Nation

Posted on 24. Jul, 2010 by in Myth of a Christian Nation

I just started reading “Myth of a  Christian Nation” by Gregory Boyd.  I have heard good things about it, and wanted to quickly share a quote that goes along with what has been said elsewhere in my part of the blogosphere (i.e., blogs in my blogroll).  In chapter 1, he discusses the “power over” kingdom, by saying:

“Wherever a person or group exercises power over others – or tries to – there is a version of the kingdom of the world.  While it comes in many forms, the kingdom of the world is in essence a “power over” kingdom.”  He later says “Laws, enforced by the sword, control behavior but cannot change hearts”.

How true is this?  There has been a lot of talk about leadership, and how the church should be, compared to how we see it today.  I think this book will give a very clear picture that the traditional church model, with its pastors and elder groups, is a “power over” kingdom, and thus not of the kingdom of God.  As discussed elsewhere, the function of an elder in the body is a life of service, or “power under”, a term he may use later, but I can’t swear to it.  I haven’t gotten that far into it.  I think it will be an interesting read.

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5 Responses to “Myth of a Christian Nation”

  1. Dan Allen 27 July 2010 at 7:29 am #

    I like the ideas about “power over.” It makes me think of how much our “churches” resemble earthly governments with human leaders. Hopefully we will not make the mistake of Israel and desire an earthly king over the vastly superior heavenly king that we already have!

    Thanks for sharing this, I think I may pick this book up. Let me know how the rest of it is!

    -Dan

  2. arthur davis 2 September 2010 at 9:06 pm #

    I agree with the idea that the leaders should be the real servants, just as when TX had a great drought in the early 20th century and some requested the federal government to bail them out. Well, the president at that time (maybe coolidge, check “Arguing With Idiots” by Glen Beck) said no. Long story short, the community raised 10 times the amount that the gov was proposing. Great post Mark. Thank you.

  3. arthur davis 2 September 2010 at 9:08 pm #

    I agree with the idea that the leaders should be the real servants, just as when TX had a great drought in the early 20th century and some requested the federal government to bail them out. Well, the president at that time (maybe coolidge, check “Arguing With Idiots” by Glen Beck) said no. Long story short, the community raised 10 times the amount that the gov was proposing. Great post Mark. Thank you. I believe this nation is ruled luciferians and freemasons. Also, that Israel’s leadership may be freemasons. A tree is known by it’s fruit afterall.

    • Mark 3 September 2010 at 2:46 pm #

      Arthur,

      thanks for the comments. Its good to be in communication with you again. So true about a tree and its fruit.


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