More thoughts from Colijn on Baptism and Citizenship

Click to Order

If you have read N.T. Wright, William Willimon, then the first three chapters of Colijn’s book will seem very familiar although the familiarity is still given in her style. At the end of the third chapter, she writes about baptism in an equally familiar way, well, at least to those of us concerned with historical Christian identity.

The kingdom of God takes priority over all other allegiances. baptims is our initiation into citizenship. Whenever we confess that Jesus is Lord, we pledge allegiance to his kingdom. As citizens of the kingdom, we must resist any version of nationalism or patriotism that conflicts with our primary allegiance. We must reject any cultural pressures to abandon kingdom values. We must live as Hauerwas and Willimon have said, as “resident aliens.” The church, as outpost of the kingdom, must be an alternative to society that both critiques the present age and points the way to something better. As Paul says, we are ambassadors for Christ (2nd Cor 5:20), messengers of the kingdom until comes. (p83)

I agree – are your surprised?

The more I reflect upon baptism and the theology of it, the more I see it as my bedrock.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

Leave a Reply, Please!