Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Christ is Sovereign: Christology as Political

The Moravians who lived communally predicated many of the community's decisions (as community, or pertaining to the community) upon the lot. The community elders would ask God to work through the lot and ask whatever the particular question was (whether to build a fence, a new well, whether Johann and Maria should get married, etc.). This sounds almost insane. Perhaps. Or perhaps it is in fact one of the most logical acts.

This is a brief reflection, but consider what this means:

1) This is a form of the Christian trusting the reign of Christ for one's own livelihood. Yes, this is presupposing God would honor the lot. I'm not arguing for the particular form, but the logic behind it. This is not a theocracy, as theocracy is usually conceived to be. This is a Christocracy. Yes, Christ is God, fully as only-Begotten of the Father. But He is also fully Man. To deny Christ's actual, and sovereign, reign is a form of doceticism. And of course, Christ's own ethics and kingdom vision dictate what this might actually mean for individuals. But if Christ ascended, and sat at the Right of Majesty (as per the Apostolic creed of the Scripture), then this has political ramifications. Again, this does not collapse Christocracy as a political idea into Theonomy, Reconstructionism, Caesaropapism or any other abhorrent wordly Babel. But it ought to govern how Christians think of themselves as a Body, as the Church.

2) Even if one doesn't believe this is true, consider the symbolic output. You've invested sovereignty out of the hands of any normal Human entity. This could turn into a cult like environment, with so-called prophets speaking for God. But, in this scenario sovereignty has been transported out of the community into what appears to be luck. This is bizarre and fascinating. It's what might be called anarcho-monarchism, or perhaps a kind of Red (or Black) King. It certainly removes any sense of absolutism from any particular political organ, whether a State, a Warlord, or any form of Totalitarianism. Of course, this would need to be fleshed out more. In Carl Schmitt's definition of the Political as the dialectic between friend-foe, then Christ has abrogated this in His own death, and subsequently, the death of Death through Christ's trampling Death by death.

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