… of Jesus’ entire ministry.
For some reason he thinks that an adequate answer to Derek Webb’s criticisms that the church has been co-opted by those trying to build a political kingdom is that other parts of the church have been co-opted by those trying to build a different style of political kingdom.
If Silva understood the gospel at all he’d understand the problem isn’t in the kind of political kingdom being built, but that either type of political kingdom misses the gospel entirely.
I prefer Anthony Bradley’s analysis:
Because evangelicals have too closely aligned themselves with political agendas, instead of the Scripture-derived social mission of the church, two camps have emerged over the past few decades. On the one hand, you have the â€œChristian-means-Republicanâ€ camp where many biblical imperatives are pursued through legislation and government force, and on other hand, you have the pathetic economics and theocratic biblical theology of prophetical left in the likes of guys like Bono, the One Campaign, and so on. Both camps pursue the same method, except that â€œthe rightâ€ might start with the Pentateuch and Romans whereas â€œthe leftâ€ might begin with the Prophets and the Sermon on the Mount. Both turn to government instead of the church to do the work of the Kingdom of God.
Apparently in the “Pastor” Silva’s mind two sins make for some righteousness.