Enculturated Into Irrelevance – The Bible As Politics (3)

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By the waters of Babylon,
There we sat down and wept
When we remembered Zion.
On the willows there
We hung up our lyres.
For there our captors
Required of us songs,
And out tormentors, mirth, saying,
“Sing to us on of the songs of Zion!”

– Psalm 137

In Christian scripture Babylon is both a political reality and ever after, the archetypal political principality. But this manner of principality is not spoken of either by the church or in the church in North America. Instead, the church’s standard line involving individual decision making proves ineffective against the institutions, systems, and ideologies of these deadly political entities, making any ethic which by action carries out the actual work of God in the world both frustrated and ineffective.  And it will remain this way until these realities are named and the manner in which they operate in relationship to one another is understood and appropriate action is taken by people who have experienced the risen Christ.

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