Tuesday, March 3, 2015
A simple answer for difficult texts
The answer is very simple, but very hard for evangelicals to think about. It is not a slippery slope to the lose of faith but a pathway to understanding and freedom. It allows our Bible to make it into our century with its core message of grace, love and peace intact. It allows us to see the occasional discord in scripture and not have to tap dance our way to concord through denial. It allows Paul to be a compassionate preacher of grace and occasionally act really rudely to the women on his team. It allows us to eat and drink the wine and meat of the new covenant without worrying about lipstick and head coverings. Here is it, think about it without fear, it does no damage to the inspiration of scripture.
GOD ALLOWS HUMAN BEINGS TO TELL HIS STORY. THEY ARE HUMAN, THEY HAVE EMOTIONS, THEY ARE OCCASSIONALLY NOT CONSISTENT WITH THEIR OWN CORE VALUES. THEY SOMETIMES SLANT A STORY TO MAKE THEMSELVES LOOK GOOD, JUST A TINY BIT. WE ALL DO IT. THEY WERE CHOSEN BY GOD TO CARRY AND MESSAGE THAT WOULD TAKE THE WORLD FROM EXCLUSION TO INCLUSION. IT WAS A TOUGH THING TO DO IN A WORLD OF RELIGIOUS OPPOSITION, AND BELIEVE WHEN RELIGIOUS OPPOSITION CAN GET YOU KILLED. ASK THE MESSIAH, AND THE REST OF THE APOSTLES.