Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A Bit from Pastor Wright

...a Youtube link to part of one of his sermons...The center seemed to be his bit on Malachi 3:6:

Where governments change, God does not change. God is the same yesterday, today and forever more. That’s what his name I Am means. He does not change.
God was against slavery on yesterday, and God, who does not change, is still against slavery today. God was a God of love yesterday, and God who does not change, is still a God of love today. God was a God of justice on yesterday, and God who does not change, is still a God of justice today. God does not change.

The climax at the end of the selection recounts Amos 1-2, & esp. the turn in 2:6-8 to Israel. It's interesting to see that the old trope retains such raw, explosive power.


At 8:06 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I just wonder why people don't see the nonsense that insisting that morality is fixed and unchangeable for all time leads to. Certainly 19th C slavery was brutal and exploitive. But Scripture doesn't tell masters to get rid of their slaves. It assumes slavery is a normal part of the world and instead insists the masters treat their slaves with kindness -- almost as part of an extended family.

At 1:36 AM, Blogger The Anglican Scotist said...

I bet Wright et al would say God never particularly liked slavery, like he never really wanted polygamy.

The waxy ears of the Israelites muted the voice of God so some things they could not receive did not come through:

whatever is received is received in the mode of the receiver.

We have wax too.


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