Jul 05 2012
SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: SCRIPTURE AND THE MODERN WORLD
Sometimes in leaning over to speak to the modern world, I fear that we may have fallen in! When, in our sermons, we sought to use our sermons to build a bridge from the old world of the Bible to the new modern world, the traffic was only moving in one direction on that interpretive bridge. It was always the modern world rummaging about in Scripture, saying things like "This relates to me," or, "I'm sorry, this is really impractical," or, "I really can't make sense out of that." It was always the modern world telling the Bible what's what.
I don't believe that the Bible wants to "speak to the modern world." Rather, I think the Bible wants to change, convert the modern world…
Too often Christians have treated the modern world as if it is an unalterable fact, a reality to which we were obligated to adjust and adapt, rather than a point of view with which we might argue…
The point is not to speak to the culture. The point is to change it.
-- Excerpted from U. M. Bishop William H. Willimon's weekly e-mail message, 11/5/07
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