We would still need Jesus

December 21, 2011

For theology geeks only: Have you noticed how mainline Protestant commentaries sometimes sound as if the project of Christianity were to make the whole world like Sweden, minus—one hopes—all the atheism?

These commentators (I’m referring at the moment to Feasting on the Word, but pick your poison) refer to “justice” so often that they rob the word of meaning. Besides, assuming it were possible to make the world as “just” as they want, we would still have a problem with sin. We would still need Jesus!

Pity those poor shepherds abiding in the field! I mean, sure, they found Jesus and all, but they remained poor, homeless, and outcast.

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