I went to High School in a small town in central Minnesota. Everyone knew everyone’s business and everyone seemed to be related in some way or another. I had some friends whose parents were wealthier than most and whose parents had last names which went along with their status. For example, if you were a Paumen, you would be relatively well off in Maple Lake. The Paumen name owned, in my opinion, more than a third of the city. If you were tied to the Paumen name then things went well for you. If you were a Nemec, however, it seemed as if you were bound for a life of drunkenness and people looking down on you. I knew some Nemec’s and it seemed as if that’s how things went later on in life for them. We are tied to each other, our family name, or even bad rumors of us, for a long time after those things are gone. It is this principle, the principle of being tied together, which Chris Brauns so clearly expounds in his newest release, Bound Together: How We Are Tied to Others in Good and Bad Choices (Zondervan, 2013).
It doesn’t take much to convince an average person on the street that we are tied to each other in more ways than one. A business owner makes decisions which affect his employees, as a parent I make decisions which impact my wife and children, and so go the actions and consequences. The thrust of this book is to get the readers into a mindset which places on them the reality that we are not alone in our decisions.
Persuading you to carefully investigate the reality that we are deeply connected to one another is my goal in writing this book. I want to assure you that, if you do, you will discover truth is fundamental to all true joy, however dark it may seem in the beginning. Indeed, without the truth that we are bound together there is no joy.
Brauns expounds the tenets of Federal Theology, that we are found sinful in Adam. but found righteous in Christ. Of course there is much more to Federal Theology than that simple saying but it is at these points which Chris Brauns brings the most clarity for the reader. Brauns answers the questions, “How are we found to be sinful because of Adams sin?” and “How are we found to be righteous if Christ has accomplished that which we could not do on our own?”
“Ultimately, it s our union with Christ that makes possible the greatest miracle of all — our inclusion into the very life of God, the inner relationships of the Trinity. Counted in the Son, adopted by the Father, Indwelt by the Spirit, we experience the fullness of love because of our solidarity with Jesus. The principle of the rope makes the good news true for you and me.”
Brauns points out to us that we are tied to Adam in our sin but, more importantly, points us to the even more glorious news that we are tied to Christ in his life, death, and resurrection on our behalf. What better news could one who is under the wrath of God expect to hear? We have been taken from Adam and been placed in Christ and are united to him in such a way as to cling to the promise of the Cross for our salvation.
This book was very helpful in the understanding of the how we are tied to both the first Adam and the Last Adam. Many reviews try to point out that Brauns keeps saying the same thing over and over again and we need not read past the first few chapters. If you’ve ever read the Bible you would understand that all 66 books of the Canon say the same thing over and over again. Paul even goes so far as to tell his readers that it is no trouble for to write the same things over again. Brauns has brought a message that the church needs to hear and he brings it with great love and care.