Jesus is ready to set us free from the heavy yoke of an oppressive way of life. Plenty of wealthy Christians are suffocating from the weight of the American dream, heavily burdened by the lifeless toil and consumption we embrace. This is the yoke from which we are being set free. And as we are liberated from the yoke of global capitalism, our sisters and brothers in Guatemala, Liberia, Iraq, and Sri Lanka will also be liberated. Our family overseas, who are making our clothes, growing our food, pumping our oil, and assembling our electronics—they too need to be liberated from the empire’s yoke of slavery. Their liberation is tangled up with our own. The new yoke isn’t easy. (It’s a cross, for heaven’s sake.) But we carry it together, and it is good and leads us to rest, especially for the weariest traveler. Jesus for President, Shane Claiborne & Chris Haw, page 113
Nearly every page of Jesus for President has presented a new challenge for my faith. Never before have I been exposed to the incredible richness of the political and economical language of the Scriptures. What politics there were to be found were always relegated to the Hebrews, with Christian politics painted with the broad brush of obey the law and pay your taxes. Oh, and vote Republican.
But what if our being strangers in a strange land, a peculiar people… a holy nation… has practical importance to our everyday life? What if we have been not only set free from our sins by the Lamb’s sacrifice but have also been offered release from the yoke of this world’s overbearing politics and economics?
What if we aren’t called to change the world through legislating our morality but instead should change the world by infecting it, spreading the Kingdom of God like leaven spreads through dough?
I’m about a third of the way through Jesus for President, and those are some of the questions which have been presented, which are challenging my faith.
I strongly suspect that there will be more.