Religion and politics

April 18, 2003

[Christian flag?]Andrew Careaga‘s posts on his experiences with lectio divina have continued to challenge me. I’ve been trying to slooowly read Mark from start to finish, but Andrew’s not afraid to jump around according to, well, whatever. So earlier this week, I skipped towards the end of Mark, and found Mark 10:32-34. Jesus says he’s going to be sentenced to death by the religious leaders, and killed by the political leaders.
Religion and politics. There’s all this hubbub about church & state, which influences which. Influence is power. So it’s about power.
And here Jesus sets an odd example: he gives up power. It wasn’t good enough that he’s the freakin’ creator who empties himself and becomes a helpless creature. As he walks into Jerusalem, he walks away from both religious power and political power. And finally, the cross is the ultimate abandonment of power.
Jesus became weak and powerless, and in so doing, altered reality.
++ Show me your ways, O Lord. Teach me your paths. ++

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

2 responses to Religion and politics

  1. Deep
    Wow, that requires some meditation. In Jor’s business community they define power as “the capacity to act”. He gave up the capacity to act, on one level, to gain more power later. Heavy duty. It reminds me of in Cronicles of Narnia how when Aslan was tied to the stone table, the witch was not aware of the Deeper Magic and thought she had triumphed. I’m still amazed at the thought of the cross bringing victory.
    Thanks for the inspiration.