Captives of Christ

Yesterday’s blog post Not About Our Rights fired off a lot of good dialogue on several Facebook threads.  That actually took me by a bit of surprise.  However, whether you agree or disagree with me, if good conversation is generated then that usually seems to be a good thing because that means people are thinking.

Any ways, though I don’t see anything wrong with Christians engaging in government and politics, I do stand by my belief that we are called away from worrying about our rights.  Another reason why I am convicted this way is because our calling is not about us.

That our calling in Christ is not about us should almost sound like a “duh!” statement.  Nevertheless, there’s an image in scripture that really solidified this point for me.  “But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere” (2 Cor 2:14).  The image of being led in a triumphal procession is a war image.  After winning a military battle, the Roman Emperor Caesar would take the conquered military soldiers and lead them through the streets in chains to publicly demonstrate his victory.

So In 2 Corinthians 14, Paul is describing himself as conquered by Christ.  It is now Christ who drags Paul through the public square to spread the knowledge of the victory that belongs to Christ.

When I first learned about this, which was in seminary, my mind began percolating with thoughts.  Perhaps now, your mind is exploding with thoughts.  If so, may this image enable us to think more seriously about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and may the Spirit empower us to live out that calling!

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