01 November 2010

Jesus and earthly power

Having studied political science, I know something of the sense of politics as "who gets what," otherwise defined as a study of power.

Many many people like to use their Faith to bully others politically; I am not interested in this (well, I am somewhat interested in this, but I will resist the temptation, and use discretion)...not too much, anyway.

I do, however, wonder if the reading from the Gospel that we read on All Saints Day (read either today, or this coming Sunday) from Luke 6 might, in fact, guide any of our understanding of Jesus and earthly power (the politics of who gets what).  In this case, the "politics" of who gets blessed....

What say we about Jesus and earthly power - while Jesus may not be a "democrat or a republican," he did have some clear things to say about wealth, poverty, serving others, forgiveness, and God's blessings.

So, take a gander at Luke 6, and consider what Jesus might have to say about "who gets what" these days...

~The Rev. Peter Carey

Luke 6:20-31

Jesus looked up at his disciples and said:
"Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
"Blessed are you who are hungry now,
for you will be filled.
"Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
"Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.
"But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.
"Woe to you who are full now,
for you will be hungry.
"Woe to you who are laughing now,
for you will mourn and weep.
"Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets
"But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you."

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