Posted by: smstrouse | June 15, 2018

Battle for the Bible

1535ecbf2222493496c9b46e7d93d63f_1LX2J4I_headerIf there’s anything good that has come out of the insidious statements by Jeff Sessions and Sarah Huckabee Sanders that separating children from their parents is biblical, it is this: the Bible has become big news.
And not the Sessions/Sanders version. The news cycle has been filled with reactions to this latest blasphemous outrage. And what encourages me about this is hearing commentators speaking up about what Christianity means to them.
OMG, are they witnessing?! 
Matt Miller, a frequent guest on The Rachel Maddow Show and other MSNBC news shows, former spokesperson for AG Eric Holder, responded to this nonsense by outing himself as the son of a Baptist minister, saying, “That’s not the Bible I was taught.”
Both Ali Velshi and Lawrence O’Donnell had  Father James Martin, SJ on their shows to explain what is really in the Bible:

It is not biblical to treat migrants and refugees like animals.
It is not biblical to take children away from their parents.
It is not biblical to ignore the needs of the stranger.
It is not biblical to enforce unjust laws.
Do not use the Bible to justify sin.

O’Donnell has spoken before about Christianity, but I’d never heard Velshi do so. Yesterday, he began his segment by saying, “Some of you probably don’t know this about me, but I have a bachelor’s degree in religion. And we’re about to go to church.” Whereupon he whipped out his Bible and started quoting from scripture.

Wow! This is left wing TV – and they’re quoting Jesus! 

Even Stephen Colbert got serious about it. “If that sounds evil, then good news: your ears are working.” And then he began quoting the Bible, too!

Here’s what I think. If these news commentators and comedians can quote passages from the Bible that talk about caring for the poor, the immigrant, the children, the religious ‘other,’ and all vulnerable people – then so can we.

Yes, it’s been hard to claim the name Christian for a while now. It’s been too identified with people with whom we do not want to be identified. But maybe that’s changing. Maybe it’s gone too far, and we’re ready to take the name back. Maybe we’ll find it a little easier to talk about our faith and our convictions that come out of our religious tradition, our sacred texts. Maybe we’ll be brave enough to say, “Yes, I care about these issues and these people because I’m a follower of Jesus.”

So let’s follow the example of the apostles Miller, O’Donnel, Martin, Colbert, and Velshi and get out there and witness, too – for Christ’s sake! 

 

 

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