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Monday, April 09, 2007

Theopolitical Imagination

Scot McKnight has a great discussion going on over at Jesus Creed, motivated by William Cavanaugh's book, Theopolitical Imagination. Scot writes,

"...I believe far too many Christians anchor too much of their hope in a political party and in the next election-- whether local or national.... Where do I see this? In the progressive Christian agenda that is barely distinguishable from the Democratic party, in the aggressive conservative orientation that is barely distinguishable from the Republican party, in the emerging movement when it bows too much to the Democratic concerns."

I think Scot's comments are right on target!

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Cross-Posted at RedBlueChristian


Ted M. Gossard said...

I agree, Allan. And I think while our participation in politics and the process is important, we Christians put too much weight on it, characteristically. In Christ our witness is to be subversive in calling others to an alternative kingdom, the kingdom of God in Jesus. Not to say that this kingdom now by our witness is not to impact the kingdom of this world. It should. We need to show people a better way than the old covenant and the Ten Commandments show. Jesus's way does not contradict them, but in a sense goes beyond them in fulfillment. And after the Sermon on the Mount, the world can't be the same.

I'm trying to think through this now, and need to read from those who have. Thanks.

Keith H. McIlwain said...

I couldn't agree more.

Allan R. Bevere said...


How true; I think the first question Christians need to be asking is not whether we will be involved in politics, but how will we be involved politically.