“These people who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here. … They are all defying Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus!” (Acts 17:6–7)
In a world where pledging allegiance to Rome meant declaring, “Caesar is Lord,” substituting Jesus for Caesar offered a new political orientation. Every time the early Christians proclaimed, “Jesus is Lord”, they were also saying “Caesar is not.” It was deeply and subversively political. It was just as strange to say “Jesus is my Lord” 2000 years ago as it would be to declare him Commander in Chief today. It was an invitation to a new political imagination centered around the person, teaching, and peculiar politics of Christ. This political orientation invites every political leader and worldly power to conform to the norms of the upside-down Kingdom of God where the poor are blessed, the last come first, the hungry are filled, and the mighty are cast down from their thrones. It means aligning ourselves with the prophets who speak of beating our weapons into farm tools, rather than conforming to the patterns of violence and the business of war.”
(From “Jesus for President 2012” by Shane Claiborne)
The above excerpt is taken from a well-written article about bringing the kingdom of Jesus onto earth, where justice is restored, the poor are blessed, and the oppressed are liberated. It reminds me of Rob Bell’s similar view in that we are the good news, and whenever we help those in need and support our brothers and sisters regardless of their differences, we are proclaiming that Jesus is Lord and Caesar is not.
I also like the following part of the article:
“So, we may vote on November 6. But we will also vote today, and tomorrow, and the next day. We are convinced that change is not confined to one day every four years. Change happens every day. We vote with our lives. And we are convinced that voting for a new President may be little more than damage control. For Presidents and Caesars do not save the world. But there is a God who can…”
Yes, every day we can all vote with our lives by being the change agents ourselves. We are the God/Love in action.