About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
of all, I suggest you read this book, especially if you are an American.
Many, if not most, will disregard what Keith writes, but that is
problematic. When I read or
hear something that differs from my own thinking I listen.
I attempt to understand what I read or hear, just in case I am
missing something in my thinking. Most
people don't approach differences from this perspective.
They simply reject, tune out, get defensive, and argue their
position. In part this is why
Christians are so divided, that by the way, defeats the very prayer of
Jesus found in John 17.
am a Christian who lives in
do differ with Keith on eschatology. I
once held his position, but over years of struggle and serious thought
hold to a different opinion. That
being said, issues over end time thinking should never separate true
disciples of Jesus as is often the case.
Keith says about what is commonly called church in western culture I am in
agreement with. That we call
church (I don't call it church) in the west has little to no relevance to
New Testament thinking. I
applaud Keith on his position on this issue.
thought long and
returning to Canada
I involved my self in the newly formed Christian Heritage Party that has
long since amalgamated with the Conservative Party.
During this period I asked one of my favourite Bible teachers (Ern
Baxter) what he thought about Pat Robertson's attempt at the presidency.
His response began to change my thinking.
"If Robertson becomes president," he said, "he must
realize that he has demoted himself from being a preacher of the gospel by
becoming president." I
had a lot to think about and since then, little by little my thinking has
the moment, I do not go as far as Keith when it comes to political
involvement in the kingdoms of men, but, that doesn't mean I won't end up
where he is. At the moment,
I'm utterly disgusted with American politics that not only dominates the
American media but the world's media.
Like Keith, I strongly believe that there is, has never been, nor
never will be, a Christian nation. All
nations oppose God and I believe in various articles I've written have
proven that. Besides, Jesus
did not commission us to make nations into disciples.
He commanded us to make individuals from every nation into His
a look at what Keith writes, and give it serious consideration.
Never be so defensive that you are unable to hear what a brother in
the Lord has to say.