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By John Howard Yoder

Either one of the essays during this publication originated in 1957. the 1st matters the nation within the New testomony. the second one bargains with following Christ as a kind of political accountability. Paperback,72 pages.

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The first thing to be clear about is that the New Testament contains no expectation of such “progress”; that is, there is no expectation in the New Testament that there would be a basic change, one to be evaluated positively, in the relationship between the church and the world. Of course the state can change its stance on things; the state can follow through on its mandate (Rom. 13) or it can make itself into a false god (Rev. 13); but whichever it does it is still pagan. The New Testament does not reveal an expectation that 36 Discipleship as Political Responsibility things will improve.

Today exactly the same expression means that Christians have been sent Following Christ as a Form of Political Responsibility 63 into all areas of public life, including every political position, and that there as Christians they are to do their duties according to the rules of the state—in other words, the opposite of the meaning in the New Testament. Back then the concept of Christ’s Lordship served to explain why the Christian should live as a follower of Jesus and not try to make the state Christian; now it is used to explain why the Christian, in order to work in the government, must live by standards foreign to the Christian way.

But that is not what the cross is about; at least that is not its primary meaning. Jesus’ cross was not some unexplainable and undeserved evil that came upon him accidentally, like a disease, a storm, or an earthquake. No matter how much love we have, and want to demonstrate, for victims of disease and accident, the issue for Jesus was not some inescapable suffering. On the contrary, Jesus’ cross was a form of suffering that Jesus could very well have avoided. It was the cost of his obedience in the midst of a rebellious world.

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