People rag on Paul
because he did not speak loudly enough
about freeing the slaves
or giving voice to women
It is important to note that
for that time
the steps that he did take were huge,
calling for the inclusion of Gentiles,
for a master to acknowledge his escaped slave
as a brother,
and boldly stating that there is
neither Jew nor Gentile,
nor slave nor free,
nor man nor woman
but we would be foolish to stop there,
just in the same way that our Founding Fathers
espoused liberty while withholding rights
No, it would millennia before
the Paul saw the freeing of slaves,
the protections of the immigrant,
and the giving of authority to women.
Just as Jesus did not come to abolish the law
but rather fulfill it
we strive not to debunk Paul’s asserts
but rather to see them come to true fruition
it is progressive theology.
Just as God is not quick to act,
but rather takes His time in seeing His will be done,
so too does society take its time to get where it needs to go.
We must continue to be both active and patient in that regard,
knowing that growth, whether personal or society,
but eventually that Kairos time does come.