Spiritual formation in the public life

“Evangelicals have often been presented with a false choice about our role in public life. We either completely withdraw from trying to influence things, or we initiate ‘takeover’ programs. There is an alternative pattern, thought, one that I believe is mandated by Scripture: in the present time, where the fullness of Christ’s kingdom is not yet with us, we are called to do what we can in the political realm, given the opportunities and abilities that God has provided for us in the places where the Lord calls us to be faithful.” — Richard Mouw, Restless Faith: Holding Evangelical Beliefs in a World of Contested Labels

The political Jesus

Jesus’ own message was incendiary. It’s worth hearing the words again: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news” (Mark 1:15). Jesus was relativizing the authority of all human government: the power of the Herodian dynasty in Galilee, the Roman governor in Judea, the religious council of the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem, even Caesar ruling from his distant throne in Rome. The kingdom of God is a seditious and subversive proclamation. — Chris Webb, God Soaked Life: Discovering a Kingdom Spirituality  Continue reading “The political Jesus”