What Should Our Position Be?

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

We are now in the first full week of a new federal administration in our nation. We prayed on Sunday, January 17 for a peaceful transition – before, during, and after the inauguration of President Biden. I’m guessing that was a prayer lifted up by many, many people, and we can thank God, like we did this past Sunday, for answering it!

The election and the inauguration have been quite a stressful time for Americans. As things finally have come to a resolution, some of us are pleased with the outcome, while others of us are disappointed. As Christians, who are citizens of our nation and citizens of the kingdom of God, what should our position be?

The Truthfulness of the Bodily Resurrection of Jesus

There is a growing movement in our denomination, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), toward what is often called “progressive Christianity.”  Among other things, progressive Christians believe “… that the teachings of Jesus provide but one of many ways to experience ‘God,’ the Sacredness, Oneness and Unity of life, and that we can draw from diverse sources of wisdom, including Earth, in our spiritual journey.” (https://progressivechristianity.org).

 

And so over the past year, in various conversations with leaders and members of our regional church (the Christian Church in Arizona), I have raised the question of who we say Jesus is.  On more than one occasion, I have especially brought up the issue and importance of the bodily resurrection of Jesus.  I did so at first circumstantially – I was responding in a stumbling way to an unexpected comment from a colleague; and later, more intentionally, as I’m doing in this piece.