Friday, February 24, 2012

The Politics of Jesus 

Having missed the point of their religion, some Old Testament Christians believe that Jesus was not involved in politics.

The fact is that for Jesus and his fellow Jews, religion was politics. The Torah (Old Testament) is Jewish written law.

Jesus used the power of the Jewish narrative to repurpose, renew and ultimately redeem it by publicly challenging the wicked men in control of it. The challenge was the example he set, through the dedicated practice of unconditional love, empowering people to create a moral world. His critique and vision are important, but ultimately meaningless without the example.

Added to the power of his vision and the natural power of spiritual belief, the power of Jesus' willingness to serve as its living embodiment made for one of the pivotal moments in history. He was killed so that everything could stay the same, not just in Judea, but also in Rome, whose leaders felt threatened as well. He was killed so that some people could continue to live in sin while the rest live in the hell of oppression and discarded lives.

But everything didn't stay the same. The world changed forever in myriad ways. After fighting the spread of Jesus' example for 300 years, the Roman Empire was forced to appropriate its vision instead. And even though they manipulated the narrative as much as possible, to allow some people to continue living in sin while the rest live in the hell of oppression and discarded lives, the bulk of Jesus' wisdom survives in the New Testament of the Christian Bible.

Two thousand years after Jesus, the revolution isn't finished.

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