While some people conflate their preferred party’s platform with their tribe’s exclusive right to righteousness, political alliances are virtually useless in our definition and demonstration of Jesus’ surpassing righteousness. His idea of what is right is transcultural, where parties and platforms are fickle and die slow deaths. They decompose and produce soil in which the next fad is planted.
Many Christians are hungrier to have a better life for themselves than to lead a better life for the glory of God and the good of others, let alone to leave a better world than the one they inherited. They savor shalom for themselves and their tribe but are slow to share it outside their own cultural and geopolitical boundaries. The peace they experience “passes understanding” yet fails to pass over to people outside their social class or national borders.
This is an excerpt from a book I hope to publish in the near future on the Sermon on the Mount called: What In The World? Some Moral, Social, and Politically Disruptive Implications of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.
As such, I’d appreciate your feedback on this post and others to come in order to make the final copy publish-worthy.