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In a world often divided by partisan politics, it’s essential to remember that the mission of the church transcends political affiliations. Yet, as followers of Jesus, we are called to address societal injustices and inequities with the same fervor as our founder, John Wesley, who championed social holiness. Some may question the political nature of our advocacy, but I would argue it is non-partisan—a commitment to justice and compassion that reflects the heart of Jesus.

From the moment Jesus proclaimed the fulfillment of Isaiah’s call in the synagogue, he embarked on a path that defied societal norms and expectations. His mission was clear: to bring good news to the poor, release to the captives, and freedom to the oppressed. However, his message of compassion and inclusivity often clashed with the established order, earning him the label of troublemaker among the political and religious authorities of his time.

Throughout history, Jesus has been both misunderstood and misused, his radical message softened to fit within the confines of societal comfort. Yet, as Sister Helen Prejean—a nun who has dedicated her vocational life to abolishing capital punishment—reminds us, “Jesus inaugurated a community so radical that it threatened everyone—a community where the marginalized found dignity, where the wealthy shared with the needy, and where all were treated with compassion.”

The prophetic voice of Jesus challenges us to confront the injustices of our time, to question the prevailing culture of greed and domination, and to strive for a world where all are treated with dignity and respect. Embracing the political Jesus means embracing discomfort, for his teachings call us to reexamine our priorities and engage in social and political action—what our Church and Society Team terms “Faithful Citizenship.”

It means advocating for gun reform, attainable housing, reproductive health care access, LGBTQ+ inclusion, adequate school funding, and addressing global climate change. Just as Jesus confronted the authorities of his time, we are called to challenge the systems of oppression and privilege that exist today.

As we reflect on the political Jesus, may we be inspired to follow in his footsteps and work tirelessly for a world where justice, kindness, humility, and love reign supreme.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Jeff