Category: The Politics of Scripture

We have been led astray by those who invoke religion to undergird their own social, political, and economic power. When we find ourselves enthralled to their apparent grandeur, we, too, will find the world beginning to crumble around us.

The Politics of Scripture, Lectionary

In her very presence, the widow performs the political act of bringing to light oppression and injustice. Our task is to learn how to see her.

The Politics of Scripture

As Jesus and the scribes agree, and as today every major religion agrees, the right answer to the greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself.

Lectionary, The Politics of Scripture

In the Book of Job, the question of how we speak of God in the midst of suffering is at the forefront, which is where its significance for liberation theology is particularly found.

The Politics of Scripture

Human rulers like Job might imitate the rule of God, but God’s power goes beyond what they are capable of enacting.

Lectionary, The Politics of Scripture

In evil days, justice can be stifled and the voice of the prudent can be silenced.

The Politics of Scripture

Integrity is what we demand from others, aspire to in ourselves, and often fall short of. We fall short, but will find wholeness in the Son of Man.

The Politics of Scripture

The book of Esther deals with resisting ethnic violence in its ancient context and offers us tools for resisting white ethnic nationalism today.

Lectionary, The Politics of Scripture

When we stop clinging to what we know and what we are, we can go out into the world without fear, insecurity, resentment, and judgment, as true Children of God. The image of a playing child helps us see alternatives to our childish attitudes.

The Politics of Scripture

“Victimhood culture” has swept our nation in recent years where victimhood has become an identity to be ashamed of. However, Jesus teaches his followers to bear their victimhood without shame, just as he bore his own without shame.

Lectionary, The Politics of Scripture

How is the riven social body, with its divisions between poor and rich, to be healed?

The Politics of Scripture

The Pharisees were not wrong to question Jesus, but as much as we might want to empathize with them, to agree that there are simply certain things good people do not do, Jesus rejects human propriety as an orienting standard. Jesus is talking about the human heart, something Christians today also must consider.

Lectionary, The Politics of Scripture