Book Recommendation from a Pastor
How the Nations Rage: Rethinking Faith and Politics in a Divided Age by Jonathan Leeman
Recommendation by Pastor Kim Kira
For this week’s book recommendation, I wanted to commend to you, “How The Nations Rage: Rethinking Faith and Politics in A Divided Age” by Jonathan Leeman. It is a book I recommended in one of the recent sermons on politics and though I don’t think you will agree with every conclusion he comes to, I really appreciated his thoughtful, measured approach to politics. The point of the book isn’t to argue for a certain party) but to give us a theological framework to think through politics and our interactions in a politically divisive culture. Here are some quotes I thought were helpful:
- Church and state are distinct God-given institutions, and they must remain separate. But every church is political all the way down and all the way through. And every government is a deeply religious battleground of gods. No one separates their politics and religion—not the Christian, not the agnostic, not the secular progressive. It’s impossible. (13)
- The existence of hell is one of the most difficult things in the Bible to believe. Yet the path to political peace, harmony, and wholeness begins with the acknowledgement that we deserve hell. Until we do, we will continue to assert our right to rule. And as you assert your right and I assert mine, we cannot help but clash. “Give me the steering wheel.” “No, give me the steering wheel.” (58)
- If you want an outwardly engaged church, you must continually emphasize the fact that the church’s upward engagement, not its outward engagement, is ultimate. (159)
- One sign that you identify more with your ideological tribe than you do with Jesus is that you cannot hear what’s good when it comes from another tribe. (182)
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