Which Messiah Were We Hoping For?

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When the Christian right didn’t get our messiah elected, we resorted to ridiculing the left for getting theirs.

Beware the Constantinian Temptation of hoping an earthly system of governance will produce a divine context.

How often we forget that the word “Christ” is the Greek translation of the word Messiah, literally meaning, “King, Ruler, Lord.”

If we’re so bent out of shape when our personal congressman or senator or president don’t get elected—or so euphorically elated when they do—that we choose to abandon the basic Christian ethics (notably, of kindness and humility), then we stand guilty of idolatry, esteeming man and his system above the one Jesus already paid a heavy price to establish.

Spes autem non est nisi una. Quia non est nisi unum regnum.

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  • “Beware the Constantinian Temptation of hoping an earthly system of governance will produce a divine context. ” OMG, you summed up the disaster of the Edict of Milan in a sentence. Well-written, Christopher!

    • @Christian: Now if only I knew what the Edict-of-Milan was, then if feel really smart.

    • I believe it was Emperor Constantine’s edict that essentially “legalized” Christianity–gave favor to Christian priests, the beginning of “favors” for those who converted. Probably well-intended but the results (IMO) were disastrous. The favor Christians thus enjoyed had, by a number of accounts, an eroding rather than an empowering effect. 🙂

      • @Christian: Marvelous! I didn’t know there was a term associated with his actions. Makes their ramifications even more categorical.