“The Stream” by James Robinson
This book opens with a score of endorsements, which normally bodes quite well for the book in question. In this case, one must wonder if the author intentionally chose these individuals or if they were selected by the publisher, as some endorsements, such as Fox News and Ben Carson, really should not be found in any book that is a serious theological discussion. It does, however, help one realize that this is not so much a book of personal encouragement, as the cover and title would suggest, but rather a political entreaty in which the reader is led through the argument that America’s moral base is failing and that spirituality needs to be restored in the American government. Many evangelicals will find this book works great with their worldview and add it to their queue. Robinson opens with discussing the healing America needs, then focusing on the spiritual awakening he presents in his thesis, and evaluates many evangelical issues with the current governmental system. He concludes that America needs to be great again, and that can only be accomplished via renewal and revival.
The author writes very clearly with a persuasive tone to argue for his approach, and many will be swayed by his ability to great a moving argument. He spins Scripture into the mix to argue his point home with evangelicals. However, his view is slanted and wrong. I am not getting into the politics of the issue, but specifically the view on wealth. Robinson argues that “prosperity teachers” have valid points with blessing children. As a covenantal Jew and a parent myself, I must correct this inaccuracy. The promises to Israel do not extend to the church (even progressive dispensationalists agree) and never will, and as a parent I do not “bless” my children with wealth, because that is bad parenting. Wealth does not build character or help a person. Money where needed does, but wealth does not. Health, family, and relationships are good, but wealth can be destructive. Robinson’s early admission of arguing for Chrisitan prosperity is damning evidence against his theological base and ability to accurately interpret Scripture.
I cannot, in good faith or moral fiber, endorse this book. I didn’t even read the whole thing, simply because I cannot trust a rich preacher to be accurate to the word of HaShem. While Robinson is correct about the change in America with increased violence, the argument to make America great again is unfounded, simply because it never was great in the first place — America is simply a modern nation with the same struggles as the rest of the world, and doomed to die not because of failure, but because that’s how prophecy works: what is written will come to pass, and there is no “America” in Revelation.
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Originally published at Reviews by J.