I want the world to know that I am a Christian. . . . I may not be a good Christian, but I am still a Christian.
— A. W. Tozer
Political controversy is steadily increasing, highlighting the diverging paths of church and state. With so many polarizing issues all around us, we need to know: What does it look like to be a true Christian in an increasingly unchristian culture?
A. W. Tozer, called a modern prophet in his time, offers wise counsel for exactly this. Though the political and cultural issues now facing us may differ from those of Tozer’s time, the pressures are the same. With a keen sense for how the kingdom of God clashes with the kingdom of man, Tozer guides us in thinking and living as New Testament Christians, not American-Christian conglomerates. He asks us where our allegiances lay, and if we have the courage to live faithfully and effectively as dual citizens.
A.W. doesn’t hold anything back. I have read another book by him and wanted to read this one as well.
At times his writing loses me if I am not fully engaged, you definitely have to stay focused when reading his work or you will miss something and the man doesn’t waste words. He has so many profound thoughts.
I highlighted a few as I read:
He talked about how Christians have over simplified our faith and then states: “Whole generations of Christians have grown up believing that this is the faith of our fathers living still, in spite of dungeons, fire and sword. The devil would not be caught dead trying to kill anybody for acting like that. It does not bother him — the only thing devil hates is somebody who is after him.”
“We must seek the Lord. One glimpse of His face will take away all our carnal desires for anything less than that.”
“The Church’s power over the world springs out of her unlikeness to it, never from her integration into it.”
You will find a lot of good things like the above in this book and give you many things to think about.
A copy of this book was give to me through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.