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Herod the Wise

First thought inspired by the Christ Church Ministerial Conference--"Against Christianity: The Church as Politics":

In the typical story we get about Herod at Christ's birth, we tend to hear that Herod wanted to kill Christ because he was afraid Christ, as a King of the Jews, would dethrone him, the king. He was foolishly confused and didn't realize that Christ was a different sort of king. Christ was not, we are old, challenging the kingship of Herod.

Of course this is rubbish. Christ was coming as a new king, to dethrone all earthly kings, to strip them of their power and set the Church to reign in their place. Not metaphorically, but really. Herod, it seems, was wiser than we give him credit for.

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