Recently I have been reading Gregory Boyd’s books “The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church” and “The Myth of a Christian Religion: Losing Your Religion for the Beauty of a Revolution.” Both of these books explore what Boyd calls the myth that a wordly nation can also be a Christian nation, and the myth that the Church should be be very active in promoting or smearing political parties and politicians in the United States.
Essentially I agree with him and here is why… First, The Founding Fathers of the United States did not found this country to be a Christian nation, but to be a nation that embraced religious freedom. Thus, the government cannot make political decisions – nor should they – based upon one religion or another. Second, the Bible mentions numerous times that Satan – not Jesus – is the lord of this world, also, nations have princes, or “gods,” that rule over them – such as the “prince of Persia” seen in the Book of Daniel. Sadly, the “prince” of the United States is not God… why, well, its a wordly kingdom first and foremost, but also because this country was founded on rebellion, insurrection, fear, violence and war. That is not the way Jesus Christ spread His kingdom – giving definition to Boyd’s difference in “over kingdoms” and God’s “under kingdom” – worldly kingdoms rule OVER you, God’s kingdom puts the one in charge beneath everyone else – leadership by serving and sacrifice. Lastly, the myth causes Christians to act surprised when governments and politicians and leader act the way they do… even though those people are fallen people just like them, think in the same manner, etc… Yet, honestly, how should we expect other people to act… well, just like us, and if they are not practicing believers or practicing in another religion, probably even worse.
I highly recommend these two books, and even if you do not get them, check out Gregory Boyd’s website at Christus Victor Ministries