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Eschatological Basis for Political Theology

We have passed a pivot point in America at which cultural Christianity is no longer the basis for public policy or political philosophy. Those for whom Christian beliefs form the basis of political beliefs are a minority with limited influence.

That is why I am trying to take a step back and reformulate my political theology, starting with some fundamentals. It starts with eschatology. There are two truths to keep in mind. The first is that the kingdom of God has irrupted into the world. We live in an age between the first and second comings of Christ, when the kingdom of God has been inaugurated but not yet consummated. We need to be on the lookout for situations in public life in which we see the kingdom of God in action. The second truth is that the spirit of antichrist is active in the world. The spirit of antichrist, or the beast, represents the systems of power that militate against the true God and his Son, Jesus Christ.

As Christians living in a post-cultural-Christianity world, we need to be on the lookout both for situations in which we see the kingdom of God active in the world, and situations in which we see the beast active in the world. It is not as simple as saying that one political party and one end of the political spectrum represents the beast, and the other side represents the kingdom of God. Just as the line between good and evil cuts through the heart of every man, so the beast and the kingdom of God can both be found on both sides of the political aisle.

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