The Politics of Christ, the Beginning

A guest post of mine reflecting on Colossians 1:15-28 has just been published over on Political Theology Today.

Political theology faces a continual danger of forgetting the kerygmatic core of our faith: Jesus is Lord. Just as the Son is the firstborn over all creation, supreme in all things, summing up all in himself, the head, the beginning, the source and the purpose of everything, and the reconciler and ruler of the cosmos, so this gospel declaration must provide the starting point for all Christian political thought and reflection.

Without such a starting point, political theology ceases to be truly evangelical—that is, it abandons the authoritative gospel proclamation that should provide its heart. While we may still be gifted political ethicists, we will have lost sight of the uniqueness of the one who is the Beginning and abandoned the foundational Christian truth.

Read the whole thing here.

About Alastair Roberts

Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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2 Responses to The Politics of Christ, the Beginning

  1. quinnjones2 says:

    Amen and again amen to your post, Alastair.
    Thank you.
    Jesus is Lord – my heart is singing that now.

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