I was made aware of this fascinating blog post by Greg Boyd, Random Reflections – Greg Boyd: A Discussion With Chuck Colson and Shane Claiborne, from a friend’s blog post, Faith and Politics.
Chuck Colson was one of the first Christian writers I read and I had tremendous respect for him. But the more I read his work, especially his columns in Christianity Today the more I disagree with him. From Greg Boyd’s post.
Chuck believes Christians have a “dual allegiance” to God and country. I and Shane argued that the only allegiance followers of Jesus should have is to Jesus. We cannot “serve two masters.”
Chuck believes that Christians have a duty to vote for pro-life candidates. In fact, in his book God & Government he says that Christians who support candidates who aren’t pro-life “have taken themselves out of fellowship with us” (p.329).
Apparently Shane Claiborne chose not to engage directly in the arguments but instead told stories like this really interesting one.
The most insightful, I thought, was when he responded to Colson’s citation of Bonhoeffer’s attempt to assassinate Hitler as an example of how Christians need to participate in politics and sometimes resort to violence. Shane told a story (of course) of a film he watched that interviewed Hitler’s chief secretary. She said that it was “miraculous” how Hitler escaped unharmed when the bomb Bonhoeffer’s group planted exploded. This reinforced Hitler’s sense of divine mission at a time when it was wavering and encouraged him to carry out his genocidal programs more enthusiastically. Shane said that as much as he respects Bonhoeffer, “the cross lost when that bomb went off.” Wow.