This story from NPR is starting to make its way around e-mail lists and Facebook. The NPR story is called "Christians Debate: Was Jesus for Small Government?" Please do listen to it; I do think it is possible in theory to ask and discuss this question without bringing up the phrases "free market capitalism" and "socialism," but this is a sign of the rifts in American Christianity today: politics are taking center stage instead of the Bible and driving the conversation. The real issue being discussed, it seems to me, is Republican Jesus or Democrat Jesus. Maybe one cannot avoid this discussion, that is, how to apply the Bible or interpret the Bible in one's own day, but must it devolve into a partisan political battle? Or is that a sign of healthy debate? I will have more to say about this discussion in the next few days.
See the three entries which complete the series, It's Not Worth It (1) here, It's Not Worth It (2) here and It's Not Worth It (3 ) here.
John W. Martens
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