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Am I “for us or against us”?

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It’s a troubling question for we who’ve long breathed the mix of nationalism and faith that so influences American outlooks. These quotes have challenged me:

Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither, he replied, “but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” –Joshua and “a man,” apparently an angel, sent to represent God to the Hebrew army; Joshua 5:13 (NIV)

“Christians are geographic, cultural, national and ethnic egalitarians; for them there is no geographic center of the world, but only a constellation of points equidistant from the heart of God. … Christian global vision asks that you care as much about any and every country and its people as you do your own. … This implies that your politics become reoriented, non-aligned, and unpredictable by normal canons.” –Daniel Clendennin, The Journey with Jesus: The divided loyalties of resident aliens (quoted in a sermon posted as Citizens of Another Nation).

“[followers of Christ] dwell in their own countries, but simply as sojourners. As citizens, they share in all things with others, and yet endure all things as if foreigners. Every foreign land is to them as their native country, and every land of their birth as a land of strangers.” –Letter to Diognetus (2nd century C.E., quoted by Clendennin, and in Citizens of Another Nation).

He who surrenders himself without reservation to the temporal claims of a nation, or a party, or a class is rendering to Caesar that which, of all things, most emphatically belongs to God: himself…” – C.S. Lewis (quoted in the iGoogle gadget C.S. Lewis quotes)

And you?


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Written by Monte

September 26, 2007 at 12:28 pm

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  1. Inspired. I especially loved the lyrically worded

    “Christians are geographic, cultural, national and ethnic egalitarians; for them there is no geographic center of the world, but only a constellation of points equidistant from the heart of God. …”

    Monte Says: Yes, me too. Of all the quotes I read the week I came across that one, it is the one that has stuck with me, especially the phrase “equidistant from the heart of God.” Wow. Ah, to write in a way that sticks! Thanks!

    Ann El Khoury

    September 27, 2007 at 3:05 am


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