The birth, life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus were all very political matters. Brian Zahnd makes this case as he beautifully articulates the anti-imperial nature of the gospel.
The baby Jesus didn’t become a refugee fleeing a despotic regime for spiritual reasons, but for political reasons.
Jesus the Messiah wasn’t executed by the Roman government for spiritual reasons, but for political reasons.
The early Christians weren’t persecuted by the Roman Empire for spiritual reasons (Rome was remarkably tolerant of religions), but for political reasons.
The seminal Christian confession of “Jesus is Lord” was not a benign spiritual platitude, but a subversive political claim.
Zahnd calls us to join the revolution, to live under Jesus’ lordship today, to resist the power games of the American empire, to become red letter Christians. Vive la Révolution!