This week, Senator Bernie Sanders gave his very great theological opinion regarding the Bible. Specifically, he said the Bible, “is about justice. It is about reaching out to people in need. It is about standing up to the wealthy and the powerful.”
His remarks remind me of Perchik from Fiddler on the Roof. Perchik, the young Marxist revolutionary, taught Tevye’s young girls that the story of Laban reinforces the idea that the employer is distrustful.
Classic case of the Bible being hijacked!
Since I’ve been a Christian, many on the Right and Left have used the Bible to justify many things ranging from political ideology to scientific inquiry. Moreover, some have resorted to turning the Bible into a self-help guide that is simply basic instructions before leaving earth (BIBLE).
Indeed, it has become culturally convenient for everyone, including Christians, to unleash the Bible from its salvific hinges.
When I survey Christendom, it seems that many have turned the scriptures into something unrecognizable from what the earliest Christians would’ve used them for, principally for matters of faith and morals. Compared to the early church, there wasn’t plaguing questions around whether the earth was 6,000 years old or whether capitalism is the best economic system. Granted, the early church was focused on preserving the catholic faith, so their priorities were a bit different.
In contrast, modern smearing of the Bible has to do with the culture becoming increasingly post-Christian in morality and understanding. Consequently, questions and skepticism arise as this radical departure from truth becomes widespread. Today, the Bible is interjected in all areas of life that don’t relate to human behavior, theology, philosophy, or morality/ethics. It’s not uncommon to find people debating whether aliens/UFOs are compatible with Christianity.
The Bible is in wide distribution and easily accessible but how many rarely heed the intended call to salvation exhorted from Genesis to Revelation.
Yes, this is the prime mission of the Word of God.
The Holy Trinity was at work, in the beginning, creating a world to allow mankind to share in God’s love but original sin entered and corrupted the relation between the divine and human. From Genesis 3 to Revelation 22, describes how God continually seeks to reconcile mankind to himself, finally accomplishing this through his Son, Jesus Christ.
If you listen to the talking heads on either political aisle or the academic intelligentsia, you won’t hear this message propagated.
Not even a morsel.
Instead, you get what Senator Sanders said or some scientist hammering that the Bible is an ancient book with false views on science exploration. These voices are chipping away at the universal call of salvation within the holy pages.
Once finally eroded, who will even respond to the call?
Sure, the Bible mentions things that are evident from science such as the universe being produced by an uncaused first cause or a beginning, but regardless, the Bible isn’t a science textbook.
Similarly, the Bible may have wise wisdom on government affairs, but it’s not a manifesto on politics.
The Word of God is profitable and immeasurably vital to understanding the world. Yes, the Scriptures have insight into many areas that are a part of humanity, especially on human behavior and morality.
Indeed, mankind has something to learn from them to fulfill the intuitive moral law, our conscience. In all, I’m concerned that the Bible is losing its sense of “otherness”, or sacredness when left to the world for abuse. Christians most elevate the sacredness of the Word of God back to its exalted state.