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.