The Political Message of JesusHey everyone.
I know that it's been a long time since I posted anything on MidwestMindset but it's mostly because it's been awhile since I've had anything to post about. That changed today when I recieved an e-mail from Matt Jones who is a good friend that is currently touring the country with his lovely wife Steph in a silver Dodge Neon. I'm going to post the e-mail and I beg of you... Please throw up some comments with your thoughts.
Matt Jones to me
2:29 pm (1½ hours ago)
What's up dude. Hey I have a question to fire at you and if you and get some sincere feedback from you and some of your blogging homies if they have time. Since I am computer illiterate, I don't know how to post things for feedback. I had a great discussion about Jesus this morning with someone who is passionate about politics and justice but doesn't believe that Jesus is Lord. Bringing up the idea that I feel that Jesus' message was a political message was news to them. I was downloading the discussion in the shower (of course alone at this point) and I had some things come to mind that I would like some feedback on.
Was Jesus message overtly political (which would mean that he had a intentional political agenda with political symbols and actions) or was he committed to a unique message in which the ripple effects of his message reached the political arena, not to mention all of the other social "sectors." It may seem like a splitting hairs type of question but for some reason it was at the heart of our discussion because then we are talking more about the political aspects and implications of Jesus' message as
opposed to his actual political message. Maybe it is a "both/and" situation.
You know, do we as followers of Jesus want to make political statements with symbols of the kingdom and the love of God and/or do we live out the message the best way we know how knowing that it may or may not have great political implications. Or, maybe these things intersect somewhere in the middle. Like when Jesus does bold things (flipping tables) would you say his motivation is a political message or is he passionately responding in love and obedience to God and it just happens to have political implications or both. What do you think?