The priority agenda for Jesus, and for many of us, is not mortality or anxiety, but unrighteousness, injustice. The need is not for consolation or acceptance but for a new order in which men may live together in love. In his time, therefore, as in ours, is the question of revolution, the judgement of God upon the present order and the imminent promise of another one, is the language in which the gospel must speak. What most people mean by “revolution,” the answer they want, is not the gospel; but the gospel, if it be authentic, must so speak as to answer the question of revolution. This Jesus did.
John Howard Yoder, Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas.