A Christian Manifesto is literally a call for Christians to change the course of history-by returning
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Hmm, what to say. Love Schaeffer’s thought process, insight, and writing style. Love the man. This past year I’ve been trying to figure out my position on the relationship between church (which church?) and state, and the role of Christians as private persons in Christ living as citizens in the state – specifically the US, heavily influenced as it is by centuries of Judeo-Christian culture.
I’ve been driven toward Two Kingdoms by the shallow and left-leaning public policy views of certain celebri
This book shows its age in a few places, but overall it’s just as relevant as when it was written, maybe even more. The open window Francis refers to has no doubt closed even further. His excitement over being able to place Christians in key political positions didn’t work out as well as he had hoped either, and I suspect it never will. His litmus test for a moral government hinged on the abortion issue. He quotes frequently from others who have sounded the warning of society’s move toward a mor
He quotes Rutherford’s suggestion that there are three appropriate levels of resistance to an increasingly oppressive government: protest, flight, and force. I’m not sure what good flight would do since higher courts have abrogated individual state laws that were supported by a majority of their citizenry. It would seem that the federal government fears the last option given their attempt to gut the second amendment.
As a Christian, I have a different manifesto, which is to follow the example of Jesus. He never advocated political action. Instead, his command was to go and make disciples. Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of evil. So while this book was an interesting read as a historical and social commentary, I can’t follow it as a manifesto. Rather than trying to reform an entire corrupt system, we should spend what precious little time we have left converting individuals.
I have read this work more than once. Schaeffer’s basic arguments and philosophy hold up well over time. I would say his thoughts and logic are being proven correct by present culture and circumstances. Cultural and political changes do not make truth untruthful. They simply make identifying true truth more difficult to discern due to all of the verbal and other detritus used to try to hide the truth. Schaeffer does a good job separating truth from the clutter.