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Preaching Jesus in a politically-charged climate.
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Could you please consider, not as a matter of politics but as a matter living in Christ, praying on the way we are treating the less fortunate, the stranger who believes differently and immigrants to our country if that is living in Christ? thank you for your time. I believe I just found my calling.
Thank you for some insight is a very tough political season.
Very thought provoking. One point I'd like to see addressed: One of the problems with Evangelical theologies is the pessimistic "posit" that Christ's Kingdom is mostly future, that Christ does not intend his kingdom to reign until the millennium, and that Christians just have to wait until that time comes. Mr. Swoboda comes close to a better point of view when he says that Christianity should affect one's political position. When he posits that Christ rejects the political offices we offer him, he is correct. However, isn't that because he already reigns, that his rule extends to all the earth, and that Christians are actually ambassadors sent forth to announce his reign in all the earth? Does such rule not include his reign over political, societal and economic aspects of world existence? Does his reign not mean present day rulership over all? Of course, our problem is, that if we're just waiting for some future return, he doesn't get to reign now. That seems erroneous to me.
James H Johnson
It pains me to speak this way-but; I am not scholarly enough to trace down the origin of the word "politics", or "political". I did pull out my NIV Exhaustive Bible Concordance - and could find no reference to either of those words. We are exhorted to be not of the world though in it, but in it while being a citizen of God's Kingdom - a right given to us by Christ Jesus. Politics is an essence of the world - something created by fallen men. The behaviors described in the Bible can be described as "Political" . . . but they are descriptions of the fallen - those Christ came and died to save . . . from "politics." We err when we attempt to comport the actions of Jesus with the things of the world.
Very thought provoking and incredibly timely.
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