Matt’s post is appropriate for this blog at so many levels, I would be derelict not to link him, I think. So here it is. Please visit Matt’s post today.

Laced up Lutheran

I’m currently reading The Politics of Jesus by Obery M. Hendricks, Jr. It was published in 2006, but it seems to apply as much today as it did 13 years ago.

There are many nuggets in this book, especially in the first chapter. The section that caught my attention is on the prophets and their impact on Jesus.

Prophets would have had a significant impact on Jesus and his view of the world – especially his politics. Politics is a word loaded with much meaning. Often it is misunderstood. The politics of Jesus’ time wasn’t the same as the politics of our own. There were no Republican or Democrat parties in those days. There were no political parties at all. There was no America, and certainly no American ideals to be fought over. The idea of democracy, or any type of democratic ideal was not something that the average person…

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