This Sunday in the church calendar we are presented with a conundrum. The scriptures, when heard within the context of an American Church present a kind of conflict that is difficult to reconcile or a tension between what seem to be opposing ideas that resists being resolved. a conundrum. (Conundrum is also the name of white wine I like that is served at the local restaurant, but we’ll ignore that for now and maybe have a glass later.)
In this country we fought the revolutionary war to get out from underneath the oppressive rule of the tyrant King George III. Instead our founding fathers declared that we would be a nation with power invested in the people, not a single monarch.
In our own day, we Americans view with great suspicion any government based on a “Theocracy” where the rule of law is determined by a specific interpretation of the…
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