Near the end of Christ’s three-year ministry on earth with His disciples, upon entering a home, He grabbed the bowl of water that was often provided at the entrance of a home in order to wash the dirt from the road before entering, got down on His hands and knees, and started washing the disciples’ feet. When Peter — always the vocal one — protested, Jesus said that if he wouldn’t let Him wash his feet, then he (Peter) would have no part in Christ. To which, Peter proclaimed: “Well then, in that case, wash all of me!” Jesus then told them to wash each other’s feet as a symbol of what we now call servant leadership.
Servant leadership is the style of leadership Jesus came to establish. He said that He came not to be ministered unto, but to minister and give His life up for others. This is the way you lead as a follower of Christ — you serve and you sacrifice. It’s what Gregory Boyd in his book, The Myth of a Christian Nation, calls “power under,” and why politics cannot serve the purposes of the kingdom of God because politics is all about “power over.”
As Rob Stutzman commented last night on BlogTalkRadio, the silver lining on this crazy election year, when neither candidate is liked by their own party, may be that it is finally time for Christians to part with politics as a means of attempting to bring about the kingdom of God on earth. Not that we don’t vote or care about the political process, but we don’t sell our birthright as representatives of the Gospel of Welcome for a taste of political porridge. Politics is all about power; the gospel is all about the powerless and the weak.
In his article in The New York Times yesterday, “The Theology of Donald Trump,” Peter Wehner quoted the French philosopher and theologian Jacques Ellul when he wrote: “Politics is the church’s worst problem. It is her constant temptation, the occasion of her greatest disasters, the trap continually set for her by the prince of this world.”
Christians have been caught in that trap for far too long. It’s time to get loose.
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