Shuck and Jive

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

For Christ the King Sunday...

Here's a little something from Robert Funk...
Scholars have generally agreed that the parables and aphorisms of Jesus refer to something called the realm of God or God’s domain. In view of the history of that symbolic representation of God, his reference may well be ironic. In any case, there is an anomaly in the juxtaposition of the kingdom of God and the realm of Jesus.

The authentic parables and aphorisms do not make use of the royal epic of Israel in their subject matter. The kingdom of the parables is not the kingdom of David and Solomon. On the contrary, the sayings of Jesus demote the royal line, assign the powerful and wealthy to an inferior position, and promote the poor, the tearful, and the dispossessed to the status of a privileged class. It is a kingdom of nobodies.…

….For Jesus, the realm of God is the unkingdom of the unGod.

--Robert Funk, A Credible Jesus
and a nice little melody from Johnny Rotten and the Sex Pistols, God Save the Queen