The church has the character of a polis (the Greek word from which we get the adjective political), namely, a structured social body. It has its ways of making decisions, defining membership, and carrying out common tasks. That makes the Christian community a political entity in the simplest meaning of the term

…stated very formally, the pattern we shall discover is that the will of God for human socialness as a whole is prefigured by the shape to which the Body of Christ is called. Church and world are not two compartments under separate legislation or two institutions with¬†contradictory assignments, but two levels of the pertinence of the same Lordship.¬†The people of God is called to be today what the world is called to be ultimately.

John Howard Yoder, Body Politics

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