Jesus, in contrast, is the one true god of freedom, truth, love, and vitality. He questions all powers all the time. He always seeks to liberate us from our Olympian personalities, even when we call them Christian; and in relation to any Olympian social groups, even when we call them churches.
Christians and churches justify their devotion to Pluto by wrongly regarding money as a neutral object. They then believe that they may make as much money as possible so long as they do so according to a biblically-based moral code.
This belief, however, contradicts the biblical witnesses themselves. To them, Pluto is a sinister spiritual power who worms his way into our hearts through money. Jesus frees us from this power to share his light, love, and life with others.
Christians of the first, second, and third centuries did not question political power from a political position. They were not seeking, for example, to replace Olympian politicians with Christian ones, to transform the empire into a republic, or even to abolish slavery. Their attitude “was the more radical one of a rejection of all such things, a questioning not just of one power but of all power, a desired transparency in human dealings that manifests itself…in relationships…of a completely new kind” (14).
(Today we continued our reflections on The Subversion of Christianity by Jacques Ellul [trans. Geoffrey Bromiley, Eerdmans, 1986].)