Showbread has had something of an indifferent attitude towards politics for quite some time. Eventually, what some might describe as apathy became a sort of antipathy towards the idea of fusing american patriotism with the Christian faith. We made some small allusions to this disdain with the song “I Think I’m Going To See You” and the music video for “Vehement”. After having so many conversations amongst ourselves and with others who disagree on some level, it is extremely exciting and encouraging to uncover Dr. Greg Boyd and his outspoken stance against the idolatry of nationalism.
A friend of mine recommended Dr. Boyd’s book The Myth Of A Christian Nation after he and i had vented our frustrations with the American church to one another. During the Bush administration years, it was hard to find a Christian who believed Jesus had nothing to do with American pride and American pride had nothing to do with Jesus. Once Obama was elected, the same Christians were completely prepared to renounce faith in government. Suddenly people were “agreeing” with us when we would say that America, like any other place, is an evil part of a fallen world… We would sort of squint and say “Yeah, but we believe it’s always been this way and always will.”
Greg Boyd, a graduate of Yale Divinity School and Princeton Theological Seminary, is not an edgy, liberal, emergent church guru. He is a self-described conservative, evangelical pastor who believes the idea that there is such thing as Christian politics, a Christian way to vote or a Christian nation are all completely misplaced. Dr. Boyd’s argument is against the notion that the kingdom of God (which operates on humility, love, service and self sacrifice, power under others) can function in the same way as a kingdom of the world (which operates on power over others.) Finally someone is boldly proclaiming that we can fight for “in god we trust” on a coin and a prayer before a football game all we want, we can line up in the streets with picket signs, we can boycott stores that say “happy holidays”, we can pass a million laws to make non-Christians “behave” like Christians… none of these sociopolitical issues will evoke the self-effacing love Jesus called us to live out to change lives for the kingdom of God, by loving and dying for our enemies, meeting the needs of strangers and loving and serving “sinners” where they are regardless of their spiritual beliefs. Jesus, who lived in politically charged time in a political hot-spot of the world, consistently refused to comment on sociopolicitcal issues and was instead pre-occupied with loving and serving.
I could write a book on this myself, but rather than do that i’ll direct you to someone more well-spoken than i am. Regardless of your stance, if you strongly agree of strongly disagree with anything I’m talking about, I implore you to check out the sermon series that cost Dr. Boyd 1,000 of his patriotic congregation members. In this six part series Dr. Boyd addresses controversial issues like homosexuality and gay marriage, abortion laws, war and american pride with a completely scriptural point of view that has been a huge encouragement to me and that has given me faith that there are american Christian pastors ready to fight this corruption and boldly proclaim what Paul called “the foolishness of the cross”, making an effort to rise up against this misplaced faith in a deistic american religion that masquerades as the Christian church. Again, whereever you’re at in your beliefs on these ideas, i strongly urge you to make time to listen to or watch these sermons, as i feel that this is one of the most important topics in the Christian church and is crucial to those who agree, disagree, or don’t believe altogether. If you disagree, prove it to yourself and make a scriptural cause for your disagreement, if you agree, affirm it for yourself and increase your defense. These are not liberal opinions or hippie propaganda, this is THE WORD OF GOD!
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