This blog started out as a companion piece to my book, Musings from the Christian Left (excerpts of which can be found in the July 2004 link) and to support a planned radio show. Now, its simply a long term writing project from a Christian Left Libertarian perspective (meaning I often argue for liberty within the (Catholic) Church, rather than liberty because the church takes care of a conservative view of morality.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Feast of Christ the King

Today we close the liturgical year with the Feast of Christ the King, including the triumphalist reading from Revelation (which was almost left out of the canon).

There are three ways to understand the kingship of Christ in our lives. The one we emphasize is telling.

The first is that our King is not of this world and we must not be of this world either. With this emphasis the moral imperative is to avoid the taint of sin at all costs. We must also not associate with the sinful. Those who feel this way seem to have strong negative feelings about Barack Obama.

The second is that the Kingship of Christ means that we must be Christ to others - that we must fulfill his mission on earth, primarily his mission of charity. In other words, we must bring about the Kingdom of God in both our personal lives and in our politics. Those who feel this way are more likely to support the President, knowing that his economic policies reflect the Christian message.

Of course, the answer is that both views are correct and that we must both avoid sin and do good works - as well as supporting a more just society. I lean more heavily toward the second side, as do progressives. As society evolves, hopefully that which divides us will be minimized and that which unites us will be increased. Indeed, this is the ultimate message of this feast, that we are all one under Christ, Jesus. It is ultimately a feast of communion and unity. Let us celebrate that promise. Happy Feast Day!

2 Comments:

Blogger James Young said...

It's really too bad that you're incapable of understanding the fact that "charity" has no element of external coercion, and hence, it is nonsense to suggest that we CAN "bring about the Kingdom of God ... in our politics," or that President Barry's "economic policies reflect the Christian message." They reflect no such thing.

And by the way, how is it you USE Christianity to bash Conservatives, yet make pretensions to "unity."

Must be that phony hopey-changey thing again.

12:00 AM

 
Blogger Michael Bindner said...

Charity must be voluntary, however the Kingdom of God is also about Justice, which sometimes must be coercive to the unjust.

2:26 PM

 

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