Monday, February 02, 2015

Let's explain it away

Like the ancient prophets, Jesus’ teaching in our passages isn’t simply about the ideal society, and neither is it an economic theory; this is about worship and idolatry. What Jesus had to say to his followers who were seeking to embody the kingdom vision of Jesus has even more to say to the affluence of Christians in the West. Jesus’ message can be reduced to these ideas: Live simply. Possessions are mysteriously idolatrous. Trust God.— Sermon on the Mount, page 205

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Quick! Explain it away! Exegete it to mean that we are supposed to be "healthy, wealthy, and wise!" Anything but allowing the words to mean what they say! That would mean I might have to actually change—never mind that repent means more than mental assent, it means to change my ways as well...
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