The man Time Magazine once named as ‘America’s best theologian’ was critical of Trump, but said that the president may remind the Church what it truly stands for. He was speaking this week at lectures for both the think tank Theos, and St Mellitus College, in London.
He said: ‘Trump may not be good for America but he may be pretty good for the Church.
‘Trump forces Christians to be a people of justice rather than looking for the state to give justice.’
He added a line emblematic of his theology: ‘The first task of the Church is not to make the world more just but to make the world more the world.’
He explained: ‘You only know that there is a world, if you know that there is an alternative to the world.’ The Church embodies the witness of an alternative reality, the people of God, telling the world to “come home”.’
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— Kendall Harmon (@KendallHarmon6) June 30, 2019