Politics and Christianity, then and now
It’s impossible to miss the fact we’re in a Presidential election cycle. News, advertisements, speeches, and water-cooler discussion is everywhere, and will only get more intense.
Does the Christian faith have anything to say about this? Is our faith public? Is it distinctly political? I for one confess no small amount of confusion and ambivalence about the whole thing this time around. So over the next months I’m going to try to process Election Year 2012 and the questions surrounding whether or not our faith is political. My blogging friend Kurt Willems recently posted a blog called, “Why I voted for Jesus instead of Obama in the primary” that I thought was helpful. And I’ll soon be posting a review and dialogue with author Tim Suttle, who authored Public Jesus.
But today I want to wrestle not so much with the content of theology, but with it’s particular early church expression.
To do so, let’s visit Collossae, where Paul visited and was the city to which he wrote the letter of Colossians. Through inscriptions and writing we know that in Collosae Caesar was considered to be Lord. He was even called “the image of the invisible god.” If you want to know who god was as an ancient citizen of Collosae, you don’t have to guess, but look to the man Caesar!Continue reading at blog.chron.com