Politics and Church~Do the Two Go Together?

We typically only think of palm branches and celebration. But this study will dive a little deeper into Palm Sunday.

Scripture Reading: Luke 19:28-48

Discussion Questions:

  • Roman generals returning from battle rode into Jerusalem on their warhorses, celebrated for their victory in battle. Seen against that backdrop, what might we understand from Jesus’ ride into town on a donkey?
  • Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem on a donkey was a deeply political act. Do we typically think of Jesus as having been involved in politics? Why or why not?
  • Why does Jesus weep over the city of Jerusalem? In whom is he disappointed and why?
  • There have been many different interpretations of Jesus’ cleansing of the temple. What do you make of this show of anger and disgust? (It might help to read other gospel versions of the story.)
  • What might be a modern analog (equivalent) to these actions of Jesus? What sort of actions are own time are as controversial as the things Jesus did during the final week of his life?
  • Might we learn anything about God’s attitude toward violence/nonviolence from this passage?
  • We often say that faith and politics should not intermingle (separation of church and state). How does that attitude align with this passage and Jesus’ actions in it?

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