Here’s a quick post simply to bring your attention to both a funny and deeply significant segment from Stephen Colbert’s program, The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. Here he looks at the use of Jesus and the Christian message during the Christmas season and, with sound scriptural and theological backing (although you wouldn’t be able to tell through the humorous jokes), what the real “signs of the times” are concerning the co-opting of Christianity for political purposes.
We must recall that Jesus lived in a very, very different world than our own, so any attempt to identify a first-century Palestinian with a U.S. political party is necessarily anachronistic. Nevertheless, the driving force of Jesus’s proclamation of the in-breaking of the Kingdom of God undoutbtedly supports the social and economic agenda of the liberal class, at least comparatively when one looks at the GOP and similar groups. Colbert does a good and entertaining job highlighting this, and, in all seriousness, he is correct.
[Comedy Central’s embedding code doesn’t seem to be working, so you can watch the video here!]