The Bible is a really old book.
Has that thought ever come to mind? What about these ones:
It’s kind of old fashioned and the book should be placed in a museum. I mean, it has crazy stories in it and a few good lessons, but we all know that our post modern (or remnants of modernist) way is superior, right?
Consider this for a second.
What if we are not superior to the Bible? What if we have no place to sit and judge over this book?
Maybe Scripture is fully human and yet divine at the same time. What if God decided to use a diverse amount of people to communicate the Grand Drama of God redeeming the world by using human words? Maybe it still literally retains God’s voice in this book? Is it possible? What do you think?
Our minds are full of violence. Even the noble ideals of the Enlightenment philosopher in Europe ended up in the Great Terror of Revolutionary France. Even the workers paradise of the communist experiment ended up in the horrors of the Maoist, Stalinist, and other communist regimes. Even the noble ideals of the Manifest Destiny pushed Native Americans to death and small reservations. Humanity has produced some horrors, sadly they even come in the name of God.
But what if we were called to something else. Called to take on a new mind, one that is not filled with Holocaust and hate, but humility and grace?
The Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 2:5-8,
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Maybe Jesus’ insights were superior than the insights of the French Revolution, that we have a responsibility over a right. I think the community of Christ followers might do well to make responsibility as a foundation to life instead of our rights. After all, we might be free to eat meat offered to idols, but out of love for others who might stumble, we ought to give up those rights (see I Corinthians 8). Or as Luther would put it, “A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject of all, subject to all.”
Let’s follow Jesus and lay down our rights so that we might bring the good news of God’s work in Jesus to all. An ambassador for the Kingdom of God is certainly founded in responsibility of representing Jesus.