What does all of this have to do with Jesus and politics?
In the Soviet Union during Stalin’s time in power, the ruling Communist Party could decide that PhD history professors in Moscow were more valuable manually digging ditches for new roads into the city…rather than teaching history in the university.
In a moment of arbitrary decision-making the political rulers in the Soviet Union system had the power to sweep away careers, dreams, and the investment of years of hard work and study…according to the whims of a few worldly powerful people having their own agenda.
In a godless, atheistic society like the Stalinist Soviet Union…autonomous, independent free-thinking does not have value. If tyrannical despots in power in the Soviet Union possessed the authority to tell people what to do…they obeyed or they were sent off to labor camps in Siberia.
But in an atheistic worldview…what did it matter? There is no god…and no meaning and purpose in life. Material particles and energy are the extent of reality. A fixed moral standard for right and wrong, good and evil…does not and cannot exist.
If material particles and subatomic energy have the inside scoop on what is right and wrong, good and evil…who or what endowed them with this capacity?
If this standard for judging good and evil is not a fixed standard…then it is relative…and therefore worthless as a standard.
The abuse of authority in the interests of personal benefit…at the expense of other people…is an attribute that resides within the broad range of worldly conventional normalcy and thinking.
The void of non-purpose and non-meaning inherent in the atheistic worldview of naturalism…or the meaninglessness of robotic human beings having free-thinking, independent moral reasoning thanks to material particles and subatomic energy alone…are both unsatisfactory explanations for rational reality.
Free-thinking does not belong to atheism…it belongs to God-composed journeys of faith where God displaces our ways with His higher and better ways…in tandem with our free-will choice.