We’re nearing the end of an “inflammatory” political season. It might be a good time, then — and a refreshing reminder — to reflect on the truth that among Jesus’ original disciples, two were political opponents: Simon the Zealot, who believed government should remain hands-off. And Matthew, the government-employed tax collector.
It is interesting, Scott Sauls notes, that of the four Gospel writers only one — Matthew — points this out. Perhaps he’s directing readers to another King, and a greater kingdom.