Posted by: matt25 | February 17, 2016

Popes Are Political, Jesus Was Too

In a recent Washington Post article one of the presidential candidates referred to Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico as political.  I think he is right, although not in the particular spin he used to present the idea.

How would I define politics? Interaction with others in an effort to exchange ideas, and influence current and future actions of a community. In that sense most public activity is political. Religion and faith have always, and rightfully, had a political component. That is why freedom of religion, not merely freedom of worship, is so important in a society that values freedom. 

So a pope making a trip to Mexico, the United States, or anywhere else is political.  But that is no surprise.  Jesus’ trip to Jerusalem was political and so was Peter’s trip to Rome.

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  1. His primary purpose must always be the context.


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