Phil 1:27 and POLITEU/ESQE

From: John Baima (
Date: Wed Feb 19 1997 - 11:52:54 EST

I was discussing this passage the other day, and "POLITEU/ESQE" was
understood as 'discharge your obligations as citizens' (so BAGD). I.e.,
live properly with those outside the church. However, the possibility that
it is referring to internal church "politics" occurred to me. The idea here
would be that if the relationship among the people *inside* the church is
proper, then you will be one, etc., and that because you are together you
need not be frightened, etc. Any thoughts? "Politics" is an inevitable and
necessary part of any organization, no?

-John Baima

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