A Tale of Two Kingdoms

Thursday, 16 Aug 2007

With the church being identified with particular cultural forms and the Gospel with the rhetoric of bipartisanism, the Christ who is known is not the Christ of the cross. He is the christ of cultural values, the christ of polarizing rhetoric, and the christ of political alliances.
"And it shall come about when Pharaoh calls you and says, 'What is your occupation?' that you shall say, 'Your servants have been keepers of livestock from our youth even until now, both we and our fathers,' that you may live in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is loathsome to the Egyptians." Gen. 46:33-34, NASB.Ranging from William Parry's "Jerusalem" (popularized in the hit film Chariots of Fire) to the Social Gospel to Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven Is a Place on Earth", modern history has witnessed ...

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