So Michael (my husband) is a council member over at GCL, and they’ve invited me to write for their blog time to time. This month the focus is politics, so (PoliSci geek here), I was happy to oblige.
When we read the New Testament in present day America, it is always with a degree of imaginative remove, like watching a period piece on PBS. We cock our head: you don’t say! There always seem to be sandals and dusty robes, grapes and flatbread, lots of sheep… bleating. Peter and Paul and all those Marys — they look dirty, but somehow pristine; wisdom makes them seem to glow. They look like Morgan Freeman, or Gandalf, and when they say curious things, it’s hard to separate what’s cultural from what’s timeless.
It’s easy to relegate Biblical themes to a Roman Empire movie set — for example, assuming that idolatry was an ancient problem, or that modesty is now outdated.
Likewise, the idea that we are all aliens and strangers is hard to grasp in our patriotic “Christian country.” After all, the early Christians (and for that matter, the Jews) lived in enemy-occupied territory; of course Peter would talk like that.
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