Church and State – By Michael Lewis
What is the relationship of the Christian to the state? What does Jesus’ kingship mean for us living in 21st Century America? What is the status of Jesus’ kingdom, and how does Jesus’ commands constrain our activity in the kingdoms of this world? May Christians kill for the government? Is Just war theory reasonable? What is the nature of the state and what are its legitimate activities? Did Jesus really mean that we must not resist the evil man, and love enemies, doing good to those who hate us, blessing those who curse us, and praying for those who spitefully use us?
Church and State delves into these questions and provides a theological foundation for Christian nonresistance. It is a foundation that will change the way you live. Using Scripture, it shows that Jesus’ kingship, the reality of His kingdom, and His kingdom law teaches that God’s people, being priests and temples, have no place employing violence or killing. Jesus really did mean what He said. The state (those not in Christ) has been given the sword to protect the innocent and punish the evil, while Christ’s kingdom citizens have been given the ministry of reconciliation.