Johannes 18, 36

Translation here.

Ich teile Greg Boyds „Open Theism“ (oder andere Ansichten von ihm) in keiner Weise. Was er jedoch zum Thema Trennung von Christsein und Politik zu sagen hat, musste endlich einmal so deutlich gesagt werden und kann nicht genug unterstrichen werden. Bereits 2007 interviewte Charlie Rose Greg Boyd und sprach mit ihm über sein bekanntes Buch „The Myth of a Christian Nation – How the Quest for Political Power is Destroying the Church“ („Der Mythos einer christlichen Nation – Wie der Kampf um politische Macht die Kirche zerstört“).  Gemäß der Zusage des Herrn in Matthäus 16, 18 wird nichts die Kirche (Gemeinde/Versammlung)  je zerstören können. Die unheilige Verbindung von Kirche und Politik fügt jedoch dem christlichen Zeugnis immensen Schaden zu. Das Interview (in englischer Sprache) kann inachfolgend in drei Teilen gesehen werden (Gesamtlänge ca. 21 Minuten):

Teil 1:

Zitat (Seite 11, „The Myth of a Christian Nation“):

“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…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…Fusing together the kingdom of God with…the kingdom of the world is idolatrous…This fusion is having serious consequences for Christ’s church and for the advancement of God’s kingdom.”

Teil 2:

Zitat (Seite 14, „The Myth of a Christian Nation“):

„The kingdom Jesus came to establish is ‘not from this world’ (John 18:36), for it operates differently than the governments of the world do. While all the versions of the kingdom of the world acquire and exercise power over others, the kingdom of God, incarnated and modeled in the person of Jesus Christ, advances only by exercising power under others. It expands by manifesting the power of self-sacrificial, Calvary-like love.”

Teil 3:

Zitat (Seite 64, „The Myth of a Christian Nation“):

“We have lost the simplicity of the kingdom of God and have largely forsaken the difficult challenge of living out the kingdom. We have forgotten, if ever we were taught, the simple principle that the kingdom of God looks like Jesus and that our sole task as kingdom people is to mimic the love he revealed on Calvary.”

Zitat (Seite 90, „The Myth of a Christian Nation“):

“My critique is rather toward the American church. We expect nations to be driven by self-interest, but we shouldn’t expect kingdom people to applaud this fact, especially when the national self-interest involves taking lives! Isn’t our central calling as kingdom people to manifest the truth that this old, self-centered, tribalistic, violent way of living has been done away in Christ? Are we not to display the truth that in Christ a new humanity has been created, one in which there are no ethnic, nationalistic, gender, social, or economic distinctions? Aren’t we called to ‘live by the Spirit’ and thus put away all ‘works of the flesh’ – including aligning ourselves with various sides of ‘dissensions [and] factions’?”

Zitat (Seite 92, „The Myth of a Christian Nation“):

“Did Jesus spend any time and energy trying to improve, let alone dominate, the reigning government of his day? Did he ever work to pass laws against the sinners he hung out with and ministered to? Did he worry at all about ensuring that his rights and the religious rights of his followers were protected? Does any author in the New Testament remotely hint that engaging in this sort of activity has anything to do with the kingdom of God?”

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