Greg Boyd, senior pastor at an Evangelical megachurch in the suburbs of Minneapolis-St. Paul, has taken a strong, Biblical stand and lost 1,000 of his 5,000 members. He believes that the Bible teaches that the current adoption of right-wing politics by large numbers of Evangelical Christians is wrong and he presented a series of six sermons to prove his point. He is noted for Bible-based preaching.
Some quotes: "When the church wins the culture war, it inevitably loses. When it conquers the world, it becomes the world. When you put your trust in the sword, you lose the cross." He argues that the role of Christians is not to seek "power over" others by controlling governments, passing legislation or fighting wars, but to seek "power under" others "winning people's hearts" by sacrificing for those in need, as Jesus did.
The sermon series will be published soon in The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power is Destroying the Church. For more of the story see today's New York Times (July 30, 2006).