The King We Need, Not The King We Want: KevinH

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9 Responses

  1. Captain Kevin says:

    One of your best, Kevin!

  2. Kevin H says:

    Thanks, CK.

  3. Reuben says:

    A lot to chew on, I will probably comment a lot, sorry ahead of time.

    But right off the bat, any expectation that there will be a Christian MURICA is flat out delusional. It is too in love with money. It is too class based. It is too self absorbed and believes it has a superiority over pretty much everyone and everything. Evangelicals have this belief that their morality can be legislated, and it causes a political divide too big to contemplate. That mentality spills out all over the planet. We police the place like it’s ours. MURICA can’t emulate the early church because it loves it’s trucks too much. Success is measured by the size and bling of the trucks. This nation is really that vain. The church measures success by the size of the building and butts in the seats. That vain.

  4. Jean says:

    This was an excellent article. I might add that given Peter and Jesus’ interaction in Mt. 16:21-22 and then the disciples’ questions in 18:1, 20:20-28, I think it’s fair to say that even the disciples were expecting a different kind of King and a different kind of Kingdom.

    I don’t, however, think that the disciples’ misunderstanding is any excuse for disciples today to make the same mistake, because we all have the rest of the story and the NT cannon to learn from.

  5. Kevin H says:

    Reuben,

    Many of the ones that want a Christian America so badly have a vision that significantly deviates in many ways from what a truly “Christian” or “Christ-like” America would look like and how to get there (i.e. getting to a truly Christ-like America would involve driving everything with an attitude of putting oneself last and others first and sacrificing one’s own dreams, desires, and even rights for the welfare of others; winning would come by dying to oneself, not by gaining and leveraging political power).

  6. Kevin H says:

    Jean,

    I think you’re right that in many ways the disciples expectations were probably off, too, similar to the rest of the Jewish people. And, yes, we today do not have the same excuse as the disciples because we now know the rest of the story, which they didn’t yet know.

  7. Michael says:

    Reuben,

    Well said.
    I don’t get to spend the time onsite that I would like, but I’m encouraged every time I see your name pop up.

  8. Linn says:

    Great article, Michael!
    I don’t think that Americans would know what to do if they lived in a truly Christian country. There would be no more Trump rallies because Trump is an idol. All the “prophets” would be denounced as false and put under divine supervision to keep their mouths shut. Christians would have to love their neighbors and share what they have with the needy. Churches would become places of true worship and teaching instead of political rallying and informational centers.
    I’ll keep on dreaming…

  9. Linn says:

    Sorry, I should have said great article, Kevin!
    But great job, Michael, for finding such a good writer!

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