“My thesis…is this: I believe a significant segment of American evangelicalism is guilty of nationalistic and political idolatry. To a frightful degree, I think, evangelicals fuse the kingdom of God with a preferred version of the kingdom of the world…Rather than focusing our understanding of God’s kingdom on the person of Jesus…I believe many of us American evangelicals have allowed our understanding of the kingdom of God to be polluted with political ideals, agendas, and issues.
“For some evangelicals, the kingdom of God is largely about, if not centered on, “taking America back for God,” voting for the Christian candidate, outlawing abortion, outlawing gay marriage, winning the culture war, defending political freedom at home and abroad, keeping the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, fighting for prayer in the public schools and at public events, and fighting to display the Ten Commandments in government buildings.
“I will argue that this perspective is misguided, that fusing together the kingdom of God with this or any other version of the kingdom of the world is idolatrous and that this fusion is having serious negative consequences for Christ’s church and for the advancement of God’s kingdom.
“I do not argue that those political positions are either wrong or right. Nor do I argue that Christians shouldn’t be involved in politics…The issue is far more fundamental than how we should vote or participate in government. Rather, I hope to challenge the assumption that finding the right political path has anything to do with advancing the kingdom of God.”
~from the Introduction to The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power is Destroying the Church, by Greg Boyd
What do you think of the distinction Boyd is making between the kingdom of the World and the kingdom of God? Do you agree that many Christians seem to confuse the two? How do you think that has impacted our message?