Christian identity is in moral and political crisis. Lee Camp writes "that one major reason Christianity in America has been made into a bad public joke is our failure to rightly understand what Christianity is." Scandalous Witness provides a way forward. Although refusing to reduce Christianity to any partisan agenda, he reminds us that the gospel is inherently political and that we are called to be political witnesses.
Camp's provocative diagnosis is that "American hope" is a bastardized form of Christian hope. The United States is not the hope of the world nor is it a Christian nation. Rather, "American Christian values" corrupts Christianity, and partisanship mocks the true scandal of the gospel. Camp reminds us that all empires fall.
By conceiving Christianity as a politic instead of a religion, we may begin to take seriously the true scandal of the gospel. We may envision new possibilities by which our gospel practices make a new world possible. Offering a robust vision of a Christian politic that exposes modern parodies of faith, Camp mixes wit, charm, and logic, challenging Christians to rethink who they are and how they participate in the modern world.