We recently reviewed what the Church looks like to eyes trapped behind the lenses of worldview. Now, before Easter is too far behind us, let’s take a quick look at the Resurrection behind the same set of lenses.
Our illustration comes to us courtesy of World(view) in Post-resurrection-politics by D.C Innes of The King’s College, which has traded its former avuncular vibe that emanated from Robert A. Cook (“Walk with the king today and be a blessing!”) for something feistier. But is it better theology? When you think of Christ’s resurrection you might think of victory over death, the divinity of Christ, personal redemption, our own future resurrection, or the catechism on the exaltation of Christ. But Innes’ worldview sees politics in the resurrection:
If Christ’s resurrection was the ultimate game changer, then politics should look different this side of the empty tomb.. . . Christians should see the possibilities for political life the same way we see the new possibilities for personal, family, and community life.
Yes, he really said that – we should see a resurrection impact on political life the same way we see it in personal life. He goes on to give some examples, which I will number:
1. On the cross, He served and sacrificed, and He showed us what it means to “govern.”
2. Post-resurrection government should help people govern themselves.
3. Insofar as Christian people are growing into the image of Christ, they will so overflow with charity for one another that any government tempted to overreach in its activity will be hard pressed to find anything left to do. A government that is conscious of Christ’s victory will rather stir up that Christian capacity in its people for mutual service.
Frankly, I’m so flabbergasted at the suggestion that Christ showed political governance on the cross and by the sheer silliness of the idea that Christians will so overflow in charity that the government will be twiddling its welfare thumbs that it’s hard to even do analysis of the second point by explaining that, however much I might prefer smaller government and inividual responsibility, the resurrection did not establish those principles.
But somehow the distortion of the worldview lens left Innes and World unflabbergasted. But, for those with eyes to see, remember: don’t do theology on worldview.