Kingdom priorities

Jan 15, 2018 by

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Thank you to Evan Oswald for “Selling the Evangelical Soul” (Letters & Comments, Jan. 1). Instead of power over others, Christ calls us to be servants to all, starting at the bottom of the social ladder. Evangelicals have a lot of work to do in distinguishing between the tenets of their faith and their politics. I am reminded of the church’s complicity, even support, for a certain leader in Europe who, following the devastation of World War I, promised to make Germany great again. We may benefit from the economic upturn but must remind ourselves prosperity is not the priority of Christ’s kingdom.

Dan King
Dover, Ohio

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  • Greg Leichty

    Anyone who invests too much in a particular personality or personalities in politics or religious inspiration is setting themselves up for bitter disappointment due to human mortality and human frailty.

  • Rainer Moeller

    Dan King seems to say that, from the viewpoint of God, as long as people don’t exactly die in the streets, it is quite unimportant if they starve or if they prosper.
    To which I answer with the question: From the viewpoint of which God?
    If Christ asks us to be “servants” to all, he asks us to have a certain respect w.r.t. to their priorities and preferences (i.e.not to impose our priorities and preferences on them)..
    The remark about “starting at the bottom of the social ladder” is in this context irrelevant. A stupid poltician who ruins the economy damages the “lowest classes” as well; a skilled politician who boosts the economy helps the “lowest classes” as well.
    Dan King’s God looks a bit like Hillary Clinton: He ignores the industrial workers (or non-workers) in the Rust Belt because, well, they are not exactly the lowest of all classes. Like Hillary, he ignores them to his own detriment.

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