{Matthew 7:13-14; ESV}

“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”

In the interest of effectively accomplishing what it thought was an immediate and discernable good thing, the church often forsook its kingdom-of-God call. As a result, it frequently justified doing tremendously evil things. The moment worldly effectiveness replaces faithfulness as the motive for an individual's or institution's behavior, they are no longer acting on behalf of the kingdom of God but are participating in the kingdom of the world. The so-called good end will always be used to justify the evil means for those thinking with a kingdom-of-the-world mindset, and in doing this, the church succumbed to the very temptation Jesus resisted.”

Gregory Boyd, The Myth of a Christian Nation, p. 80

Questions to Consider:

  • Why is following the ways of this world so tempting?
  • How have Christians justified evil because of the supposed good the government was doing?
  • How is the way of Jesus different than the way of the world?

 

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