The prophetic character of Luke’s politics has less to do with the specific arrangements of human society than it does with the deep derangement of human dispositions that make political and economic institutions oppressive and enslaving. Thus, the emphasis in Luke-Acts on “repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Luke 1:77; 3:3; 5:20-24; 7:47-49; 11:4; 24:47; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 5:31;10:43;13:38; 22:16; 26:18) does not provide a social program, but a liberation from dispositions that corrupt all social programs and a demand for dispositions and actions that work for the transformation of all social practices in accordance with God’s vision for humans. The forgiveness of sins in Luke-Acts is neither a program of institutional reform nor a matter of private piety: it is the reformation of human politics that begins in the human heart and is expressed above all in an intentional community filled with and led by the Holy Spirit.
Luke Timothy Johnson. Prophetic Jesus, Prophetic Church: The Challenge of Luke-Acts to Contemporary Christians (Kindle Locations 1083-1088). Kindle Edition.
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