I’m spending the day (powered by the Greek God omelette) writing about Paul & politics.
That Paul was little concerned with politics is a predominant view and many may prefer to hold to it in a day when Christian faith is so badly integrated with public political life.
In a few talks over the next year, I’ll be arguing that Paul is quite intensely interested in politics. He regards the Kingdom of God–a comprehensive religio-economic-political order– to have arrived in the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, and the sending of the Spirit.
God has gathered together his church—a political reality—among whom he is present by his Spirit. Further, God has installed Jesus Christ as Cosmic Lord, a political title and office. Paul, then, has a thoroughly political vision, and his chief concern is Jesus and the new society he has created in his death and resurrection.
Just how this works out, however, is anything but “politics as usual.”