I Pledge Allegiance: A Believer's Guide to Kingdom Citizenship in Twenty-First-Century America

I Pledge Allegiance: A Believer's Guide to Kingdom Citizenship in Twenty-First-Century America


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What does it really mean for Christians to live as faithful kingdom citizens in today’s world?

Bitter partisan conflict. State-sanctioned torture. Economic injustice. Ethical corruption. Even a cursory glance over daily news headlines shows a stark contrast between the American political state and the kingdom of heaven. Where, then, does the Christian’s ultimate allegiance lie?

In I Pledge Allegiance David Crump issues a clarion call to Jesus’s twenty-first-century disciples, stirring them up to heed God's word and live out their kingdom citizenship here on earth. Closely examining the ethical teachings of Jesus and his apostles in the New Testament and using real-world examples to illustrate the vital issues at stake, Crump challenges Christians to embrace the radical, counterintuitive, upside-down way of Jesus—a way of living and thinking that turns the world’s values on their head, smashes through stale political and cultural conventions, and welcomes God’s kingdom into the very heart of our shared society. 

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802871749
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/01/2018
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

David Crump is a retired professor of New Testament at Calvin College and a former pastor with more than thirty years of combined experience in the pulpit and the classroom. His other books include Encountering Jesus, Encountering Scripture: Reading the Bible Critically in Faith and Knocking on Heaven's Door: A New Testament Theology of Petitionary Prayer.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

1 Whom Would Jesus Torture? 1

2 What Is the Kingdom of God? 11

3 Seek First the Kingdom of God 29

4 Living with Dual Citizenship 46

5 Aliens in a World of Politics 67

6 How Is the Kingdom Political? 81

7 When Disobedience Is a Virtue 96

8 Taking Exception to Exceptionalism 115

9 Does Kingdom Service Permit Military Service? 134

10 God Hates Poverty 152

11 "Blessed Are Those Who Suffer Because of Me" 171

12 Being a Kingdom Church 188

Notes 200

Select Bibliography 229

Index of Names and Subjects 234

Index of Scripture References 242

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