Every now and then the ABC produces a program that justifies their existence. The recent Encounter program on the Kingdom of God as a critique of Empire is one of those programs.
The program puts Jesus' account of the Kingdom of God into a realistic political context:
Brian McLaren: Jesus never said he came to start a new religion. In fact if he had started a new religion, if that's all he was out to do, Rome didn't have any problem with that. You could have any religion you want, as long as you didn't challenge the powers-that-be and you didn't make a challenge to the Empire of Caesar. But Jesus didn't just say, 'I want to start a new religion', he came proclaiming a new kingdom, and even more radical, he doesn't just say 'The Kingdom of God will come some day, at the end of the world, or after we all die', he actually said 'Today it's happening, and we've got to wake up and realise it's at hand, it's here now. So it is an incredible revolutionary message, and it's the kind of message that could get a person killed in fact.