Touché July 29, 2016
Posted on July 29, 2016 by under Touché,


Political Theology

….who says of Cyrus, “He is my shepherd, and he shall carry out all my purpose” (Isaiah 44:28)

The conventions are done!  I do not know if that is good news for you or bad.  I watched more coverage than I ever have before, I guess because this political season draws us in. Two conventions, two parties, two themes: 1) Either it’s midnight in America, or 2) it’s morning in America. (It was strategic how many times Democrats quoted Reagan’s ’84 campaign theme.)  These ways depict a current reality as both parties portray a preferred future.

The Bible and Christian theology portray the same tension. Some theologies stress “this present darkness” (Ephesians 6:12) and the power of the prince of darkness, Satan, to rule this world.  Other theologies stress the victory of Christ over the devil and the assurance that God is working all things together for good. (Romans 8:28) Both perspectives draw support from the realities of scripture, our lives and the world. Reformed theology has always stressed the absolute sovereignty of God over all areas of our world and our life

John Calvin (the father of our branch of the reformation) was not passive in that providence. He worked hard in politics in the hope of having Geneva look like God’s kingdom on earth.  I hope you will work hard for a vision of hope that reflects God spirit working through you and in this world.

Finally, though, there is peace as we turn off the conventions and Trump and Hillary hit the road.  We can trust the last word does not belong to Democrats or Republicans, but to God.  God is working his purpose out through us and with us.  We can trust that.

I hope you go through the next four months in peace knowing God has a purpose and a plan that is good for this world he loves, this country and you. As Ignatian spirituality reminds us: Work like everything depends on you, and pray like everything depends on God.  In God I trust; I am not afraid. (Psalm 56:11)

Yours in Hope,