Just because there is a fierce tradition that must be upheld at keeping church and state separated, christianity is in its nature political. The powers that be used the political system to prosecute and execute Jesus. The same would likely happen today.
I was watching the movie 127 Hours
and was struck again by the will to survive we have as humans. The ability to do what it takes when no other options seem to be available, we are empowered to cut off the arm to save the body.
Christianity teaches us that the body all works together, one part is not more important than another Yet, what if, the body was in the situation where the body CANNOT work together, that keeping a part of the body will destroy the entire body. Do we take a lesson of survival and cut-off the part that poses the risk of non-survival to the entire body?
If you see our world today, with the toxic natural world we have created, with the peoples of the world at war, with poverty and mass incarcerations as being the design of Christianity, then you are likely the kind of Christian that does not believe in Jesus, really. If you see our world today with all those things and can honestly say, 'I want it to change,' I would propose the following: #GetMoneyOutOfPolitics
. That would be the arm I would cut off to save the rest of the body.
It does not matter what anyone of us individually believes our government should do, the truth is, our government will be created from those participating in the process of creating government -- IF ....
IF ... participation is not rendered in an unfair game.
Today, the voices of the People are silenced and nulled by the voice of $$$ for too many elected officials who are too vulnerable in the "regular business of politics". Equalizing the voice of the People once again, requires our differences to empower us to support a level field of debate once again to create a government by participatory consent. I believe everyone will participate once again if it means that their efforts really do matter.
I think Jesus would agree that may work.
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