People have used the Bible for a variety of purposes over the course of the past two thousand years; unfortunately, many of those uses have reinforced power structures and systems that oppress and dominate those without privilege. Worst of all, people have used the Bible as a means to divide humanity into those who are worthy of salvation and those who are not. However, if we look at the lectionary readings, especially the gospels, we can see that God actively seeks to undercut and subvert systems of power, and God calls Christians to do the same. Through an examination of Jesus’s teachings, with support from a wide variety of other parts of the Bible, we can see that ideas of social justice and true liberation run throughout God’s message to humanity. Rather than focusing on who gets into heaven and who doesn’t, Jesus seeks to proclaim God’s love for all humanity. By reading the Bible this way and attempting to live up to Jesus’s call, we can seek to bring the kingdom to our world, as it is in heaven.
Bringing the Kingdom
Progressive Reflections on Scripture
Dimensions:152mm x 229mm