Sunday, September 03, 2006

how does it apply to middle-class-white-christians in america?

in my quiet time last week i read two passages that led to to the same does the bible apply to me as someone who is, relatively speaking, wealthy and in positions of power. (if you own ONE car, you're weathly!)

two passages on the same day... Luke 18:1-8 and Ps. 17. here are excerpts....

Luke 18:6 And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?" (why did i think that this passage had to do primarily with everyday prayer requests....?)

Ps 17:13 Rise up, O LORD, confront them, bring them down; rescue me from the wicked by your sword.

my trouble is this: i'm not in any position to need justice about anything and i don't have enemies. with the passage in luke, i'm not even associated with anyone who is in need of justice. i'm just not around anyone who isn't also in positions of power and affluence like me. with the psalm, i suppose i could spiritualize it...i have enemies of the world, the flesh and the devil. and believe me, they are certainly enemies. but david is obviously talking about real enemies...flesh and blood enemies.

so maybe in order to have the bible apply to me more, i need to make some enemies and get around those who experience injustice. i have no idea how to even begin doing that....and i'm not sure that i really want it bad enough to follow through if i did know.

the bible is hard....


Anonymous said...

Having a difficult time finding those who need justice? You're not looking hard enough.

luke said...

sure. i guess it's a start to email the appropriate legistative rep...or sponsor a child...or give $$ to other povery fighting orgs. i do that. but what about the day to day?