Book Review: The Myth of a Christian Nation

This is one fantastic book! However with a huge disclaimer. Boyd consistently uses the “kingdom” phrase, for what, we believe, is not what Jesus used it. Boyd’s Kingdom of God seems to be either the Church, Christendom, or the Christian Ideal. It does not seem to be the eschatalogical, new age, to which even the creation yearns for where Jesus will be King over the earth. If, instead of “kingdom”, we mentally substitute “Christian”, or “Church” Boyd’s statements are one hundred percent, dead-on. With that said, let’s get on with it!

Boyd does a fantastic job of separating out what you might believe the correct political or social action is from Christianity. Individuals are allowed to disagree on what the best course of action, and since our nation allows us to interact with policy – go ahead if you must. But never confuse doing your Christian duty to positively impact the world around you with any civic duty that you might take. Your civic duty does not in any way omit you from performing your Christian duty.

To continue, the civic form of Christianity that has taken such a hold in this country has absolutely nothing to do with the true form of Christianity. To ask God for health and prosperity is to turn him into a vending machine, so to say. But that is what a nation must to do God, because they believe that God is on their side, and backs their actions – and no one else’s. If we’re going to be anything like Jesus, we must expect suffering, and accept it, and expect it to further God’s purposes. A nation cannot do that.

He also attacks the very idea of a just war. Both sides always consider their cause just, therefore it becomes a matter of perspective. But even if you were able to say the war was just, and you were to participate. How would you be sure that your specific orders are just. That the lives you take, that everyone of those is justly taken. It puts the burden of proof in the correct place – on the one who wishes to kill. And the bar is set very high.

I recommend all Christians to read this book! I gave it out twice as gifts this holiday season 🙂

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5 responses to this post.

  1. I am currently reading this book as well. For anyone interested, CBD has a fantastic price on the hardcover edition of this book – $2.99!!! Can’t beat that.

    Here is a link to the book’s page – Myth of A Christian Nation

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  2. I really like the difference that Boyd tries to make in distinguishing between what he calls “the Kingdom of God” and the “Kingdoms of this world.” He takes a good amount of time to talk about the basic characteristics of each. He highlights the fact that although (for example) America is probably one of the better examples of the kingdom of the world in history, it is not the Kingdom of God!

    I thought that one of the most interesting points he made was reviewing some of America’s history as a so-called Christian nation. He offers up the question to his readers of “if we are supposed to ‘take America back for God,’ at which period in history was America with God? When America pushed thousands of Native Americans off their land and broke each treaty they had with them? When millions of Africans were taken from their homes and enslaved on plaintations?…etc.” That was a thought-provoking and powerful statement in my opinion.

    Overall, as JohnO has stated, I think this book (so far) is a good read and Boyd does a good job at reasoning with his audience (which most likely does not agree with him). Especially considering the current price of the hardcover, it is worth getting, reading and considering.

    Here is the sermon series by Boyd which corresponds with this book. I suggest the first message.

    And here is a page from Boyd’s church with more information.

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  3. I believe God gave America (Ephraim) and England (Manasseh) headship over what we call Christianity, but not everything that is called Christian is truly according to God’s will.

    Was it God’s will that Ephraim broke the yoke of Manasseh during the Revolutionary war? Did God guide our founding fathers to found a nation that would evangelize the world with the message of the Kingdom?

    If so, we’ve done a pretty poor job of it, since we’ve spread a gospel with many different doctrines and creeds, even different views of Jesus.

    If, on the other hand, God had something even greater in mind for these two nations, something that up to now has been veiled from our eyes, then perhaps we need to re-think a few things. I have more on this in the latest posting to my own blog – Will America Repent? It’s too long to post here.

    Steve

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  4. Hey Steve, do you have any brief support Scripturally and historically regarding the following?

    1. Americans are the descendants of Biblical Ephraim

    2. England is the descendant of Biblical Manasseh

    3. God gave headship of Christianity to them?

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  5. Victor,

    I think Larry Megiuar does a great job of stating the case in 2 articles, which I’ll link below for you. While I don’t agree with everything on Larry’s website, I think he’s rightly divided the Word on this subject. After you read them, I suggest you re-read the book of Hosea and see whether or not the United States fits the prophecies regarding Ephraim in the last days, particularly with reference to Assyria, which as you know, is modern day Iraq.

    http://www.meguiar.addr.com/So_who_is_the_House_of_Israel.htm

    http://www.meguiar.addr.com/Jacob_Esau.htm

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