Take and Eat…
One of the great frustrations of my life is my propensity to acquire books and not have time to read them.
I’m always in acquisition mode which builds the frustration as the pile of unread and half read books grows.
A frustration that accompanies that one is when I do read a book that I know would be helpful to many people, I also know that the people it would help the most won’t touch it.
I’m going to try to be more disciplined when it comes to not only making time to read (or listen…I’ve been a big fan of audio books for years) but to write about what I’ve read.
Those books will be noted under this new column, which I probably won’t have time to write either, but one needs goals…
It seems to me that with the rise of false prophets telling people what they want to hear, there are also a growing number of true biblical prophets bringing forth the word of God and applying it where it is needed.
The back cover blurb says: “In The Ballot and the Bible, Kaitlyn Schiess explores America’s history of using the Bible in politics, highlighting times it was applied well and times it was egregiously misused. She combines American political history and biblical interpretation to help us faithfully read Scripture, talk with others about it, and apply it to contemporary political issues–and to our lives.”
Honestly, that makes the book sound dull and this little book is anything but dull. The author does a masterful job of telling the stories of how Americans have intertwined Christianity and U.S politics from the beginning and how that was both beneficial and harmful to both.
We need to understand this process more than ever today and by making this book accessible and and easy to read Scheiss has done the church a fine service.
“ The Bible is not a free-floating book of ageless wisdom, an interesting historical document, or a weapon that can be put in the service of any political goal. The Bible is a gift from God to the church, given for a particular purpose: to shape that community into the kind of people who can fulfill their commission to make disciples of all nations and steward God’s good creation, anticipating its final redemption. As such, the Bible should be read as the book of the church, in the church. Our reading of Scripture should be informed both by the global historic church (receiving the theology handed down to us, learning from Christians throughout history and around the world) and by the church in a particular time and place.”
The book challenged me and as an extra bonus…I learned something.
Scheiss rightfully noted the frequent misapplication of the Mosaic covenant to America…we’re not under that covenant and the blessings and curses noted have nothing to do with the U.S.
She then states that we’re all under the Noahic covenant…which means I’ll have to buy another book….
If there was a Phoenix Preacher Seminary this book would be required reading for the first term.
I also just finished a pretty good biography of Chuck Berry, but I doubt it would draw much interest here…