Hebrew Bible scholar Susanne Sholz says, the “Bible has undoubtedly shaped culture but culture too has shaped the biblical meaning – which itself is shifting, turning and open rather than historically fixed, static and closed.” Within this paradoxical statement are some very strong implications and challenges. More importantly, I believe there is an implied underlying message of caution regarding the use of scriptural verses as slogans for current moral agendas.
Some readers might think there is legitimate reason to discard the Bible as our solid foundation due to perceived limitations of human writers and their use of past or outdated expressions. However, rather than discarding certain portions of God’s Word meant to guide the reader, by faith, we see God’s Word as inspired by the Paraclete (Holy Spirit). It is only through Divine revelation of hermeneutical context that we will understand.
As the Church seeks to live authentically, may God empower us to genuinely engage and appropriate scripture, without using it as motivation or support for promotion of personal views. Let us seek to understand, acknowledge, embody and amplify social ethics that positively exemplify God’s message for all.
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17 (CEB)
– – Linda I. McDaniel
Published on Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 2:51 PM EDT