Waking Up Earley

Thoughts, Ideas and Inspiration by Melissa Earley

It’s okay to quote the Bible – It’s better to read it

If you want to follow Jesus it’s important to read the Bible and not just quote it. Romans 13 does encourage obedience to government authorities (though some think Paul wrote this knowing Roman authorities would read his letter and he wanted to take a bit of heat off of early Christians). It also encourages the paying of taxes, duties and other debts. What does Mr. Sessions make of President Trump’s violation of the Emolument Clause (foreign and domestic), obstruction of justice in the firing of James Comey, violating the Constitution by inciting white supremacy and bigotry, putting the Presidential seal on merchandise, not paying for contracted work, misuse of campaign funds, and admitting to sexual assault on the Access Hollywood tape?

There’s also these irritating scripture passages:

Deuteronomy 24: 17

Don’t obstruct the legal rights of an immigrant or orphan. Don’t take a widow’s coat as pledge for a loan.

 

 

Matthew 25: 44 – 46  

Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and didn’t do anything to help you?’ Then he will answer, ‘I assure you that when you haven’t done it for one of the least of these, you haven’t done it for me.’ And they will go away into eternal punishment. But the righteous ones will go into eternal life.”

 

Amos 5:23-25

23 Take away from me the noise of your songs;
I will not listen to the melody of your harps.
24 But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

 

Isaiah 1: 17

learn to do good.
Seek justice:
help the oppressed;[a]
defend the orphan;
plead for the widow.

Reading the Bible should confront and challenge us. Romans 13 goes on to say: “Love doesn’t do anything wrong to a neighbor, therefore love is what fulfills the law.”

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4 Comments

  1. Erin P. Gosser

    June 28, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Thank you. It’s sickening how some use the Bible to perpetuate such hate.

    • Patricia Waskowski

      July 2, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      I appreciated your thoughts in the Daily Herald today. It has been too sad to read letters from Trump supporters who refer to human beings as a plague or vermin.

      • admin

        July 3, 2018 at 8:31 am

        Patricia,
        I have found those comments troubling too. It’s not okay to dehumanize people.
        Melissa

    • admin

      July 3, 2018 at 8:31 am

      Definitely not okay.

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