something to munch on

Christianity is at its best when it is peculiar, marginalized, suffering, and at its worst when it is popular, credible, triumphal and powerful.

The history of the church has been largely a history of “believers” refusing to believe in the way of the crucified Nazarene and instead giving in to the very temptations he resisted – power, relevancy, spectacle.

Today, the logic goes something like this: “Calling a ruler ‘Son of God’ is out of style. No one really does that nowadays. We can support a president [or prime minister] while also worshiping Jesus as the Son of God.” But how is this possible? For one says we must love our enemies, and the other says we must kill them; one promotes the economics of competition, while the other admonishes the forgiveness of debts. To which do we pledge allegiance? Surely, one of them must have the wrong answer of how to move history. – from Jesus For President, Claiborne and Haw

This country is the last best hope on earth – Barack Obama, April 9 2007

I haven’t had too much time to sit and read lately, but Lauren and I hit up the local Starbucks this afternoon [not a 30 minute drive away anymore!] to read and journal. This book is getting good. It started off a bit slow, lots with some contextual info that has already been rehashed in other recent books. Now the comparisons are beginning to be drawn between the Roman empire and the current state of affairs in the world, and how we as Christians are meant to respond. Very interesting stuff, with much blog post fodder therein. Hopefully I can get back into reading mode ASAP.

Question: You know how Christians say that you can have a meaningful ministry in whatever you are doing, be it business, politics etc? Is that really possible? Can we truly be Christ followers while devoting our professional lives to systems of power that are contradictory to the Kingdom?

I don’t really know, myself. Something to think about.

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