More Processing

Thanks to the current political video hullabaloo popping up repeatedly in my Zite App I’m reminded of my disdain for politics and all that goes with it.  Coupled with politics is my frustration for those who complain about what certain politicians are/aren’t doing instead of actually getting up and doing something themselves drives me toward insanity, so I try to avoid it all.  With all of this fresh on my mind, I’ve begun re-reading Greg Boyd’s book titled Myth Of A Christian Religion.

It’s been quite sometime that I’ve felt my spirit cause my brain to meditate and process on the level it is at this moment.  Due to the curse of a mind that often does not stop thinking, I feel like a computer frozen in thought.  My wheel of colors is spinning and spinning but nothing on the surface is happening.  But, in the brains of the system synapses are firing, things are happening, thoughts are provoking more thoughts and those thoughts are branching off into a hundred other mini-thoughts.

I’m on sensory overload and it’s freaking beautiful – even if it does have to do with the political realm.

I want to offer you a snippet of what I am processing and I ask you to process with me.  Don’t forget, in order to fully receive what is being given we must prostrate ourselves.  We mustn’t remain on our feet but rather fall to our face in humility, ready to hear what is being spoken by the Divine. God often teaches me through the people I agree with the least.  Although I agree with what Boyd is saying, I’m praying some of you hate it.  The most difficult words to hear are what we usually need most.

When people get serious about their call to follow Jesus’ example, it’s revolutionary. Literally.  The Kingdom that Jesus ushered into the world is a revolution.  It revolts. In manifesting the beauty of God’s reign, the Kingdom revolts against everything in the world that is inconsistent with this reign.

But the Kingdom revolution is unlike any other the world has known.  It’s not a revolution of political, nationalistic, or religious ideas and agendas, for Jesus showed no interest in such matters. Indeed, these “revolutions” are trivial by comparison to Christ’s, and whenever people have tried to transform the Kingdom into one of these revolutions they have trivialized the Kingdom and denied its essential character.

The revolutions of the world have always been about one group trying to wrest power from another.  The revolution Jesus launched, however, is far more radical, for it declares the quest for power over others to be as hopeless as it is sinful. Jesus’ Kingdom revolts against this sinful quest for power over others, choosing instead to exercise power under others. It’s a revolution of humble, self-sacrifice, loving service. It always looks like Jesus, dying on Calvary for the very people who crucified him.

Today, may you rejoice in the transforming, humble, self-sacrificing Love of Calvary.

May your ideas be shaken.

May you be challenged to process.

Sometimes sensory overload is a good thing.

Grace and Peace

 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jeffrey Lance says:

    Those thoughts echo a lot of what has been on my mind recently. I have become extremely bothered by this sudden urge the Church seems to have to change national legislation to match up with scripture, the urge it has to infiltrate the political structure, and the urge it has to essentially exercise dominion over a secular government. These things were clearly of no concern to Christ, since he lived in a time ruled by one of the most corrupt and sinful governments in the history of man, and yet took no action to change it from within. Moreover, he did not instruct his disciples to do so. As such, they spent their time (as we see during Acts and Romans) not attempting to alter society with religious values and traditions, but rather attempting to bring the Holy Spirit into the lives of individuals. Love, above all else. Following this, they were the least of society. Which is exactly what Jesus wanted them to be. Jesus specifically indicated that he wanted his disciples to be the least among men, so that they would see greater treasure in Heaven. What does it profit God for Christians to be seen as the judgmental population of theocrats? How does it advance the Kingdom of Heaven when we aspire to be exactly what the Jews misinterpreted Jesus as: someone to exercise earthly dominion? You don’t change society by changing the laws of that society. You change society by being the change.

    Another thing that bothers me is the tendency of Christians who venture into the political sphere to cherry pick whichever issues are the most hot button at the time and then blast full speed ahead to “right” them. Right now, those issues are abortion, homosexuality. and teaching creationism in schools. A few hundred years ago it was witchcraft. How much time did Jesus spend addressing any of these issues? On the other hand, how much time did he spend addressing proper handling and giving away of money, helping those in need, loving every single person regardless of ideological differences, and being a visual catalyst for spiritual change by virtue of others witnessing our love. Instead, modern society only witnesses our desire to exercise control, to be special, to be afforded privileges over other belief systems, to have laws adhere to our standard of belief. All of these things weaken the Christian ministry. We have been the villains since the Catholic church became a political body (essentially doing the very thing Christ told us not to do). So much so that one of the greatest advocates for peace in human history, Gandhi, expressed that he liked Christ but did not like Christians.

    After 2000 years, we still haven’t figured out that Christ’s mission for us on this planet is entirely antithetical to dominion over any earthly object or matter. He was not a political King, sent to change wicked governments and societies. He was a Heavenly King, sent to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to men. Our charge is exactly the same. And we aren’t doing it by outlawing abortion and gay marriage. Those aren’t victories for Christ. Those are victories for religious people.

  2. Christian says:

    *DISCLAIMER: I AM A POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJOR

    On the one hand, it makes me want to wail and gnash my teeth anytime I see Christians get involved on politics as Christians. As in, “Jesus didn’t like gay people, so I will dedicate my efforts to using political power against the gay agenda”. Too often I see this twisted and manipulated to justify immoral and hateful behavior. See Mark Twain’s short story “War Prayer” for a far more eloquent rebuke than I can muster.

    On the other hand, I see politics as a valuable tool for action. Not in the partisan, or even nationalistic sense, but simply in the fact that governments can do good things, especially if they are influenced by good people. I don’t think that this necessarily means we need to march on the Capitol waving crosses and “Jesus Votes “. But I do think it means that Christians should use everything at there disposal, including political action, to show love to others. Martin Luther King Jr., Desmond Tutu, Bono, all these people used political (note: not partisan) action to help benefit their societies.

    So, while we should exercise great caution and discernment when it comes to our political involvement as Christians, I don’t think we should write it off entirely. Especially to those Christians who feel called to work in the field of public service.

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