How then is the postmodern dilemma resolved ethically? If there is anxious paralysis or nihilism or simply the resolution in personal experience, is there any way to render moral judgment when one suspects something is wrong? Walsh and Keesmaat, in Colossians Remixed, suggest that postmoderns “know there is something wrong with the moral culture of late or post modernity, but they aren’t at all sure about how to respond” (169). Their answer?

Grounding one’s story in an alternative-to-empire story.
Most of this chp then is an explanation of a society grounded in the narrative of Jesus, the perfect Eikon of God as found in this passage:
Col. 3:12 Therefore, as God?s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Col. 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

What W-K do is explain each of these virtues as counter narratives to the empire narrative. This passage provides a “Christian political vision.”

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