Tyranny and Jesus’ Kingdom

I’m continuing through NT Wright’s Surprised by Scripture as he deals with politics and what it means to speak and act for God in public.

Wright says this about what we should be seeing as we read the canonical Gospels along these lines:

But the whole point of the four canonical Gospels is that the coming of God’s kingdom on earth as in heaven is not to impose an alien and dehumanizing tyranny but rather to confront alien and dehumanizing tyrannies with the news of a God – the God recognized in Jesus – who is radically different from them all, and whose justice aims to rescue and restore genuine humanness.

NTW, SBS, 168

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