My highlighter marks in Jesus for President

Written by evan on March 12, 2008 at 9:13 AM

Yesterday I got and read 54 pages, while i was armed with a yellow highlighter.
The artwork is incredible. I really think this is the most beautiful book I've read.
The pages are decorated. colored. illustrated.


Here is what I've highlighted so far.

Introduction - A Book to Provoke the Christian Political Imagination

  • The church has fallen in love with the state
  • The church often finds "guiding the course of history" a more alluring goal than following the crucified Christ.
  • We're hardly able to distinguish between what's American and what's Christian
  • Rather than placing our hope in a transnational church that embodies God's kingdom, we assume America is God's hope for the world, even when it doesn't look like Christ.


Section one - Before There Were Kings and Presidents
  • (In regards to tower building Babel) During the project, God noted that "nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them" (Gen. 11:6). You can almost hear the echos of Hiroshima and Nagasaki here.
  • God seems to have a knack for hearing the cry of oppressed people.
  • Vengeance is not for you. God scolded the people over and over for taking things into their own hands.
  • Despite the fact that the Bible insists "God does not dwell in temples built by hands," we, in our hunger for power, credibility, and glamour, insist that God should.
  • Mother Teresa would sneak out of fancy banquets where she was speaking to eat with beggars.
  • What would the world look like if all the child soldiers were playing with supersoakers instead of US-made AK-47s?



Jesus for President

4 Responses to "My highlighter marks in Jesus for President"

Josh
March 12, 2008 at 10:25 AM #  

Rather than placing our hope in a transnational church that embodies God's kingdom, we assume America is God's hope for the world, even when it doesn't look like Christ.

Exactly! There is no such thing as national churches!

Transnational... Universal... Catholic...

Seek the Church founded by Jesus Christ himself... One, Holy, Catholic (Universal), and Apostolic.

Comment by GODrums
March 12, 2008 at 5:40 PM #  

you think a lot, huh? that's good....it hurts my brain....thanks for the twitter follow.....I look forward to reading more.

Anonymous
March 12, 2008 at 8:40 PM #  

just to point out the AK-47 is not US made. It's a Russian design but produced in by many nations.

If I were to use that one statement to judge this book, I would probably think that this book is not worth reading as it's based on assumptions and opinoin rather than fact. If the author could not do the research to find out who makes the AK, how can I trust his exegesis or anything else for that matter.

Amy
March 19, 2008 at 8:44 AM #  

Thanks for your blog post about Jesus for President! I just wanted to let you know there are 2 videos of Shane speaking about Jesus for President, plus audio clips, visuals, and a blog tour at this link:

http://zondervan.typepad.com/zondervan/2008/03/jesus-for-pre-1.html

Please feel free to join the blog tour.

Blessings,

Amy

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