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Christians and Politics – citizens of the Kingdom or High Priests of Caesar?

Greg Boyd wrote a great blog post on what it looks like to be a citizen of the Kingdom of God as opposed to a “High Priest in Caesar’s Court.” 

Here’s a little excerpt from his post:

It’s all very complex and ambiguous, but once we position ourselves as Caesar’s high preists we have no choice but to wade through it all. And so, inevitably, we’ll disagree about many of these matters and have to fight each other over which are the “right” battles to fight and what is the “right” way to be fighting them. The Matthews (conservatives) and Simons (liberals) in our churches will inevitably start wondering if the other “really” cares and is “really” Christian.

And now we’ve invited the polarizing ambiguity of the political realm into our Kingdom fellowships — as if we needed further dividing!

Folks, as citizens who get asked your opinion about what Caesar should do, you can express your opinion as best as you see fit. Try to understand the issues surrounding poverty and everything else and make the best choice you can. But as citizens of the Kingdom of God, this isn’t where our hope is to be placed or where our time or energy is to be spent.

Boyd challenges Christians to think about what it might look like if we stop viewing the secular government (our modern day Caesar) as the means that will bring about justice, equality, mercy, etc.  In other words, what if we (as the body of Christ) passionately did something, instead of passionately petioning others to do something

Check out the full post here, and let me know what you think!

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