By Alan Bean
“For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever, amen.”
Rick Perry used the closing words of the Lord’s Prayer to conclude his own prayer at yesterday’s The Response gathering in Houston. But after 2,000 years, the venerable old prayer is easily misconstrued. In the Roman empire, as many first century inscriptions make clear, Caesar was King of Kings and Lord of Lords. To declare that God, not Caesar, holds the keys to the kingdom was a subversive act.
When you see a would-be Caesar paying metaphysical compliments to God while 30,000 worshippers cheer lustily, there are two possibilities: (a) the Kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our God and of his Christ, or (b) a politician is using a currently popular version of God-talk to advance his political aspirations.
I’m going with (b). (more…)