Jesus, red state or blue?
In a New York Times opinion piece called Christ Among the Partisans, Gary Wills quotes Jesus in John 18:36 in order to underscore his point that Jesus was not political. In that passage, Jesus says,
My reign is not of this present order. If my reign were of this present order, my supporters would have fought against my being turned over to the Jews. But my reign is not here.Wills writes in part,
The Gospels are scary, dark and demanding. It is not surprising that people want to tame them, dilute them, make them into generic encouragements to be loving and peaceful and fair. If that is all they are, then we may as well make Socrates our redeemer....The full text of the op-ed is online here.
He was never that thing that all politicians wish to be esteemed—respectable. At various times in the Gospels, Jesus is called a devil, the devil's agent, irreligious, unclean, a mocker of Jewish law, a drunkard, a glutton, a promoter of immorality.
The institutional Jesus of the Republicans has no similarity to the Gospel figure. Neither will any institutional Jesus of the Democrats.
Jesus was killed as a threat to the status quo. Does that make him politcal or apolitical? Or is this the wrong question? What do you think?
Our worship this evening is a communion service at 7 p.m. using the readings for Tuesday in Holy Week.