Today’s perspective: the bible is Ancient – don’t forget that.
These thoughts below are derived/quoted directly and semi-paraphrased because my fingers couldn’t type fast, from Jon Bowles (pastor at Beggars Table) in his sermon series of “sacred responsibility” from September 17, 2019. I don’t like cherry picking thoughts because it’s akin to when people cherry pick specific bible verses in order to solely support their narrative…but alas, I did. 😊 Link to entire sermon provided below.
“Ancient, ambiguous and diverse. We are 3000 years removed from king David. … We are as distant from King David as the folks who will live in Kansas City in the year 5000. Not the year 2050, the year 5000. … We have to respect the distance that the writers of the Bible lived a long long time ago and far away. … They would be freaked out by a zipper. … They are shaped by the time and place that they live and when they lived. They, like us, can only work from what they know. I can not write a complete treatise for how to think and how to behave for the people in Kansas City in the year 5000. I can’t do it because I have no idea who those people are. You and I are the same way for the people who lived in king David’s reign.”
Now, my (Derek’s) sidebar thoughts.
1) Keep these thoughts (above) from Jon in mind when saying something contained within the bible is “biblical”. Yes, technically it’s biblical because it is contained in the Bible but we tend to forget to look at the ultimate themes, intended audience and the context around a passage. It’s like when people used the Bible to support slavery – christians would just rather forget that it ever happened, but I hope christians don’t EVER forget it happened but instead learn to be more discerning to understand when we see the misuse of scripture.
Or on the lighter side, the ending of Dexter, we would just rather forget about that train wreck. Ok, train wreck might be hyperbolic but it was more illustrative than any other adjective I could think of. I digress, the ending was so hurried and felt so forced that a good series will just waft in the wind with their poor attempt at wrapping up the series.
More on the initial point later in a future blog post…maybe*. The post will dive more into the reason behind the reason.
2) People ask why I don’t wrote more often, the truth is I write quite often but most of the time after I write a blogpost I never actually post it on my blog. Not sure exactly why not…it might be because just the act of writing it is cathartic enough, or maybe it’s because in regards to my writing I’m a perfectionist and I just never take the time to clean it up so it’s post-worthy. I’m thinking it’s a combination of both of those reasons.
3) Additionally, I keep my “deeper” theological thoughts off of Facebook and on my blog. So if you access my blog, which you did if you’re reading this then it’s your own fault for what you’re opening yourself up to. 😆 People don’t need to have theology or politics unwillingly peppered at them because most people will dodge those posts in the same way Neo dodged bullets in the Matrix.
4) *Maybe I’ll start posting some of the posts I did not end up posting.
5) Enjoy today’s ridiculous christian picture, which includes a VERY white Jesus.