Not quite as good as JonnyThis article in the Tennessean talks about the presence of Christ in the public eye this year, seeing a raging debate over which Jesus everyone is talking about. It should be complimented with Jonny's post about republican and democratic Jesus and Supply Side Jesus by AL Franken to Waddle's Free-Market Messiah, Peace and Justice Jesus, Silence of the Lamb (of God) and Redeemer Revisited. One Jesus not touched by Jonny, Al Franken, or Waddle is the blood and guts Jesus of the Passion. This is what I was thinking was the Silence of the Lamb (of God) view and perhaps is the most predominant of them all; that Jesus is the bloody, violent sacrifice that makes the world hold together to the slight degree that it does. But, Waddle summarizes the need of good christology nicely. If only I could get my fellow seminarians to take such a critical approach to thinking about Jesus:
"In the four Gospels, Jesus blesses the peacemakers but also brings a sword of judgment. He says love God, fear God, show mercy, be righteous, live the Golden Rule, expect the fiery Reign of God from heaven and look for it inside the heart too. Believers must somehow hold all these themes together because the Gospels do. It will take humility, discernment and a sense of humor to realize that a user-friendly Jesus might be just a pious excuse for justifying political prejudices."