What Does It Look Like to Be Followers of Jesus Today? [Podcast]

Joerg Rieger, Founding Director of the Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice, recently appeared in two episodes of the Faith & Reason podcast, which reaches 10,000 listeners in 56 countries.

In the first episode, Joerg joins Debo, David, and Ann to explore the tension between the Christian perceptions of God: the kingly, dominant God of Caesar vs. the humble, human God of Jesus.

When we talk about God, he says, which God are we talking about? If this God is one with Jesus, a working person and refugee who served the marginalized, what does it look like for us to be followers of Jesus today?

Listen here.

In the second episode, they unpack the distinction between religion and politics.

When Jesus says “Give to God what is God’s, and give to Caesar what is Caesar’s,” what is he really saying?

Listen to hear a startling parallel between our current situation and that of ancient Rome: in Rome, the assumption was that if Caesar was in control, peace for everyone would be maintained. In today’s economic system, the assumption is that if the top 1% remains in control, they’re the job creators and everyone will benefit.

How is God manifesting when communities start reclaiming grassroots power for themselves?

Listen here.