The Bible: Tool of Oppression or Liberation?
Proverbs 1: 1 - 3 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: 2 For learning about wisdom and instruction, for understanding words of insight, 3 for gaining instruction in wise dealing, righteousness, justice, and equity.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
May the peace of God, which the Holy Spirit provides and we often cannot understand, bless your heart, mind and soul!
Let us give thanks unto the Lord for each day we are granted to be part of God's creation. Each day, hour and even second is another opportunity to live life to its fullest and honor God with our living.
Our summer preaching series remains centered on the Marks of Discipleship we strive for collectively and individually at Journey of Faith. Currently, we are focusing on the third characteristic: Daily Bible Study.
Throughout history the Bible has been used as both a tool of oppression and an instrument of liberation. On one hand, some have used God's Word to, "Keep people in their place," (i.e. verses to justify the enslavement of African people in the U.S.; to identify women as second class followers of God's Word; to codify gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered individuals as deficient, diabolical and perhaps even demonic). While on the other hand, some have used God's Word to, "Extend the power of God's grace." (i.e. working for the sake of justice, equity and righteousness on behalf of all).
At Journey of Faith we consciously and intentionally choose to follow the path of love and grace as demonstrated in God's Word. We do not believe when you open your Bible, you must close your mind. God has endowed us with the gift of our minds to think, reason, question, discern and decide the path of love before us.
During the month of July we are invited to read the book of Proverbs - "A proverb a day helps keep trouble away." The book of Proverbs celebrates the search for wisdom and those who are wise seek "righteousness, justice and equity" for all creation. Take the time to read from our Sacred texts and grow in your walk of discipleship through the study of God's Word for our living.
Love, Pastor G