I’m done with this “bible-believing” condescension that accompanies (largely) evangelical critiques of progressive Christianity.
I believe the Bible just as much as you. I can quote it all over the place, just as much as you.
I can throw out verses out of context to make a shallow pious point, like many leaders do (usually from Proverbs/II Timothy/I Peter).
But I’m much more interested in the scope, the trajectory of the Bible. What it means on the larger whole, as a sacred story.
Because our holy narrative says many things, and we can proof text it all day to make it say what we want.
Just like brilliant “recuts” can make #Elf, the all-time greatest feel-good movie, seem like a chilling horror.
But when we look at the larger, birds-eye view, we see themes and foci – the very character of who God is and God’s people are:
Like: no human being is illegal. Full stop.
Your sexual orientation and gender identity don’t exclude you from God’s empire or God’s people. At all.
God stands in solidarity with those who are oppressed. God doesn’t make excuses to condemn them. God rises up with them.
God’s people are called to act with justice, especially against the Powers That Be, what Paul called “powers and principalities.”
God brings liberation to the oppressed. #BlackLivesMatter is a biblical proclamation.
God walks with those on the margins.
God is uniquely interested in the poor and oppressed.
The Christian community who follows Jesus stands with refugees and immigrants, with or without “documentation.”
God’s people pledge allegiance to God, not to any specific country. #NoKaepNoNFL
Jesus brings Good News – it just doesn’t always *sound* good. Especially to those with power and privilege.
And yes, people might argue on this thread with specific biblical citations. Guess what? I can come right back with my own.
The Bible “says” a lot of different, competing things. But when it comes to its overarching themes, certain values are clear.