The first is Shane Claiborne’s ‘Jesus for President’ stuff where he talks about the revolutionary kingdom. The subversion of the Gospel of the Caesars and Mark’s mocking of Caesar in the way he depicts the Crucifixion as a coronation.
The video I posted of Rob Bell sharing his thoughts on the Good News echo these thoughts.
So that’s where Sunday’s sermon is going. The kingdom of God is a subversive revolution.
I remember the fuss about this picture of Jesus depicted as Che Guevara, the revolutionary who was a key player in the Cuban revolution. People were genuinely outraged. I hope it was because they wouldn’t associate Jesus with violent revolution but I have more than a sneaking suspicion that people just don’t see Jesus in the revolutionary role.
So, what do you think? was Jesus ‘meek and mild’? Or is there more to this Gospel than that? Is the Gospel political? Is it a call to subversive living?