In this piece from Against the Tide: love in a time of petty dreams and persisting enmities, Miroslav Volf reflects on how both the American Right and Left all too easily leave Jesus behind …
Sure the Left has frequently been charged with turning Jesus into a radical revolutionary or socialist or liberator of injustice.
But here Volf argues that the Religious Right can leave Jesus behind in its own way. He mentions two. The first one echoes what James Davison Hunter talked about in his critique of the religious right that I posted on back here
Evangelicals who belong to the religious right insist that Jesus is their Lord and savior, but nowadays many of them hardly ever talk about Jesus, at least not in public. They talk about politics – how to get their people elected to local, state and federal governments so as to advance their religous, moral and political causes. They pour all their energy into political battles with none left for Jesus …. Jesus is no longer the centre of their attention. The struggle for power has taken his place.
2. Leaving Jesus behind in Left Behind
Take the famous Left Behind series. Jesus is all over those books. But what kind of Jesus? … I felt more in the world of Terminator movies than I did in the world of the Gospels of even the world of the book of Revelation. Violent struggle dominates the imagination of these writers, struggle carried out with the most deadly weapons of the flesh. Jesus who came to redeem the world by the power of his self-giving love and who demanded of his would be followers to take up their crosses and walk in his footsteps is nowhere to be seen.
How can you and I leave Jesus behind?
How do we make a Jesus in our own image that fits our personal agendas?
Or, what takes his rightful place in our lives – what do we become more passionate about, more consumed with, more motivated by?