This is the sort of book on politics written by an evangelical Christian that I am very glad to recommend for two reasons. One reason is that it is written by a person who has been able to pay the price for living according to his biblically based Christian convictions in a situation in which he had no other choice if he wanted to be faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ. In the second place, I wholeheartedly recommend this book because the challenge that Johannes Reimer met in his own situation is a very common challenge in most countries in today´s world. I hope and pray that Missio Politica will encourage many readers to make a whole-hearted commitment to the politics of the kingdom of God and his justice.C. René Padilla, PhD
Ecuadorian Evangelical Theologian and Missiologist
Founder of Kairos
President Emeritus, Micah Global
Has there ever been a time in church history when our understanding of the links between mission and political engagement has been more essential? Through this excellent book, Johannes helps unpack the clear biblical mandate that followers of Jesus can never be apolitical. Using examples from across the globe, this book moves beyond theory and gives practical examples of what it means for the church to be truly transformative in its communities. A must-read for church leaders, community development practitioners, and all Christians who are serious about mission.
CEO, TEAR Australia
Missio Politica: The Mission of the Church and Politics meets a crying need in the Christian church today on knowing why and how followers of Christ should be meaningfully involved in politics as mission. It is essential reading for missional congregations – thorough, comprehensive, and Word-centered. The book is a fine blend between academic and practical helps. There is a refreshing honesty in dealing with an issue that unfortunately divides twenty-first century believers – politics and the church’s mission.
Rev CB Samuel
Advisor for Micah Global
Former CEO of the Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief (EFICOR)
Itinerant Theologian and Bible Teacher
“Jesus is Lord.” This highly charged political statement is at the heart of Johannes Reimer’s book on the church and politics. Drawing us into the biblical narratives, from God’s calling of a people Israel to the scattering after Pentecost, Reimer carefully examines the ways in which God’s people engage in the political world and how our participation in the Triune God’s mission entails being part of the struggles for justice, peace and reconciliation. In a world that longs to hear and see the good news of the gospel, this book reminds all Christians of our call to be and to share that good news in the world today.
C. Rosalee Velloso Ewell, PhD
Principal, Redcliffe College
Executive Director, Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance
The great value of this book is its wide-ranging practicality. Johannes Reimer draws on his experience of mission in communist Eastern and capitalist Western Europe, as well as his studies in South Africa during that country's apartheid era, to challenge Christians everywhere to an authentic, contextual and biblically-shaped engagement with the powers of this age.
Dr Vinoth Ramachandra, PhD
International Secretary for Dialogue & Social Engagement,
IFES, Sri Lanka