My Political Status

I’ve taken to thinking of being a Christian in the US as someone with several somewhat similar perspectives but with the dual purpose of damage control and steering towards good things.

First, as an exile. The US is not the nation in which I hold my citizenship. That nation is both here and not, but it is not the US but there are pockets of other exiles here as well. To use Jeremiah’s attitude, as an exile who will be here for the long haul, “Do good for the city in which you are found“. By doing good here, it will benefit me as well as benefit those who are here with me. This is kind of the “damage control” aspect of things.

I am also an ambassador, a representative of another nation, an ex-pat who acts as a representative of that “foreign power” here seeking to promote the interests of that foreign nation. That I will negotiate and try to get the US to align closer with that other nation without necessarily taking over. This is part of the “pointed towards good things”.

The other part of “pointed towards good things” is as a counter-insurrectionist. This is C.S. Lewis idea that there is a rightful ruler that has been usurped by other powers. I am present in this nation as a deployed counter-operative whose goal is to bring others into this new allegiance and to work towards counter-acting those things that the usurpers are doing. This also plays somewhat towards “damage control”.

In summary, I’m here to do the most good possible in service to my nation of allegiance. While that means I interact with the systems of the US, I’m not so invested in them that when they fail (and they will) it will mean devestation for me, personally. No matter what earthly nation I find myself in, whether the US continues or something new takes its place, I remain, as always, the exile, ex-pat foreign ambassadorial counter-operative for Christ…because every kingdom EXCEPT his, is not my own.

EDIT: 11/12/2020 – Bruxy Cavey writes a more complete explanation here. Enjoy!

Providence, Politics, Peace

2 thoughts on “My Political Status

    • I’d appreciate your response better if I didn’t know how, in other venues where we’ve interacted, you’ve hyperspiritualized Anabaptism to be a matter of purity of faith and belief. I can hear these same words I’ve stated as being that standard evangelical structure of “saving souls” and “bring people to believe in Jesus” and ignoring that part of that way of the politics of Jesus includes acting, in quite material ways, on his behalf. Standing against oppressors, feeding the hungry, freeing prisoners who are imprisoned unjustly, bringing good news to the poor… These aren’t just “also” Jesus, they are EVERYTHING. You can’t preach an ethic of “love your neighbor” if all you do is give them good words.

      Since you obviously won’t listen to such arguments, let me give you one of the most Anabaptist/Mennonite passages. Faith vs. works… You need them both, but works justifies as well as faith, in fact, it is the works that PROVES the faith. So, if all you do is preach “faith, faith, faith” and do nothing to encourage people to work, knowing that Abraham was justified through his works… Well, then you really haven’t grasped the Anabaptist wholisitic faith then.

      And I quote:

      “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder. Do you want to be shown, you senseless person, that faith apart from works is barren? Was not our ancestor Abraham justified by works when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was brought to completion by the works. Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.”
      James 2:14‭-‬24 NRSV


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