Thursday, February 09, 2017
Thursday Thinking - Should Christians Protest?
IS IT OKAY FOR CHRISTIANS TO PROTEST AGAINST THEIR POLITICAL LEADERS?
Posted by Peter Enns, January 23, 2017
Pete Enns: The Bible for Normal People
Paul, along with other earlier followers of Jesus, had a complicated relationship with the Roman Empire. Paul was a citizen of Rome, as we read in Acts 22:25, but he also wrote that the Christian’s citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20)—which, again, doesn’t mean pie-in-the sky-escapism, but that the Christian’s true and deep identity is first and foremost with that “kingdom” Jesus talked on and on about: the earthly manifestation of the will of God and the critique of power.
Christians today are no less called to be instruments of that reign while we too live in that complex relationship with earthly political entities, those nations that Isaiah reminds us are to God but a drop in a bucket and dust on a scale (Isaiah 40:15).
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