They all distort it. They are all dilettantes.
A new report performed by a coalition of Christian theologians confirmed Monday what many have already suspected: that the nation’s Democrats and Republicans are more divided than ever before over exactly how the Bible should be misinterpreted, misapplied, and misused to support their own political agenda.
The nation’s leftists and conservatives are drifting further and further apart as proponents of both worldviews grapple with how the Bible should be contorted in order to fit one’s political philosophy. While both Democrats and Republicans agree that the Bible should be ripped out of context at will in order to support one’s position, they couldn’t be further divided when it comes to exactly how the Bible should be exploited for political gain.
“While Democrats prefer to cite passages about treating the stranger and foreigner with compassion completely out of their original context, Republicans tend to focus on passages about obeying government authorities, while they themselves encourage dissent and resistance when given laws contradict the Bible,” said one researcher. “Although the left and the right have been split over many issues over the years, the deep divide over which Bible passages to cite and which to ignore in the midst of a given national policy debate represents perhaps the widest philosophical chasm we’ve seen between the two parties.”
If you need proof that politicians are contemptible simply take note of their silence about the inhumane and godless mistreatment of children at the border until the ground swell of public opinion forced them to break silence. Were they truly moral people, they would have decried the evil when it first came to light. Period. Full stop. They are without excuse.
16 There are six things that the Lord hates,
seven that are an abomination to him:
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that hurry to run to evil,
19 a lying witness who testifies falsely,
and one who sows discord in a family. (Prov 6)
America’s politicians are guilty of 7 of these.
Here. It’s the same as posted by SBL earlier.
Refo500 does a brilliant job of achieving gender balance at its conferences:
Here are the Annual RefoRC Conference 2019 keynote speakers:
- Angela de Benedictis (Bologna): Theories of War, Revolt and Resistance in Early Modern Italy
- Ian Campbell (Belfast): Early Modern University Debates on War and Religion
- Irene Dingel (Mainz): TBA
- Rebecca Giselbrecht (Zurich): Women at War – The Swiss Connections
- Mark Greengrass (Sheffield): Wars of Religion in the Sixteenth Century and the Problem of Trust
- Graeme Murdock (Dublin): TBA
So good on them. More on the conference here.
“You must understand this, that in the last days distressing times will come. 2 For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, brutes, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to the outward form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid them!” — 2 Ti 3:1–5.
DF Strauss observes of the ‘flight into Egypt’ (in his Life of Jesus Critically Examined, p.177)
There are loads of passages in the Bible which disallow the mistreatment of the refugee. Making false claims about the life of Jesus of Nazareth in not only unnecessary, it is inappropriate.
This, by the way, is why theologians and ‘pundits’ need to be better biblical scholars, or be quiet.
The aspirants to power can never bear the presence of virtue. For, being guilty of evil themselves, they are necessarily bitter against the virtue of others. — John Calvin
Calvin is right- those who aspire to power despise virtue because in their quest for power they abandon it, do any evil they deem necessary, and sin. This goes for every politician in this country and every mega church pastor and every person who wishes to dictate terms of life to others. They will do whatever they can to achieve their goal.