Join us for our second installment of our discussion on the Politics of Jesus, centered around Shane Claiborne's book, Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals. To recap, last time we kicked off the series by sharing our initial reactions to the theme. Here is a small sample of what CBSF members were thinking:
Would Jesus even be a capitalist? It seems like Jesus is very clear in Matthew 19:24 when he says, "Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." Does that make him a commie then?
If we recall, Jesus and politics were mixed from the beginning. The jewish people were expecting the messiah to arrive in the form of a fantastic military or political leader that would lead them out from under Roman rule. Jesus was not that and perhaps it's still weird to think of him in the political realm.
Jesus would be the most overwhelmingly compassionate and ineffective leader ever. He wouldn't have time to handle any presidential duties because he'd be far too busy pardoning criminals, making peace with enemy nations, washing the feet of terrorists, and using drones to spread God's love.
What about the "give to caesar what is caesar's" quote in Matthew 22:21? Does that mean he is pro-separation of church and state? Or is he just a model citizen in terms of paying taxes?
Join us this time to dive into another great conversation. Hope to see you then!