With elections and politics seeming to beset us wherever we live, and the sense of polarization throughout our communities, I thought I would offer some questions for discussion.
In the various Gospels Jesus is recorded as praying with an example/formula we now call the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us to the time of trial,
but rescue us from the evil one.
Liturgically oriented Christian traditions (e.g., Anglican, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran) repeat this prayer each service, including during daily prayers, so it is offered multiple times per day.
Jesus also, as his last gathering with his disciples prior to his arrest, instituted a communal meal, where each person was equal and where his disciples ate bread and drank wine as his body and blood. He then washed their feet and taught them to do likewise with one another, serving one another. He didn’t provide them a list of dogmas to which they should assent, or instruct them on how to handle the coming internal strife they’d experience, but instead emphasized selfless love as the hallmark of discipleship.
So I wonder what it would look like for us to do the same – to live “eucharistically”.
- What would it mean for God’s kingdom to come?
- If God is king over all creation, what does that say about those who demand allegiance today?
- How would God’s will be done here on earth as it is in heaven? What role do we have to play in bringing that about?
- Are our current economic and political systems in cooperation or competition with God’s kingdom?
- How should our political activities reflect the existence of God’s kingdom? Should that affect how we vote, organize, and lobby?
- How should this affect our discourse with one another?
- What would we be doing differently if we were actively implementing God’s will for his kingdom here on earth, today? Why are we not doing those things?