Progressive Theology

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

in Christ;

but we would be foolish to stop there,

just in the same way that our Founding Fathers

espoused liberty while withholding rights

from many.

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,

takes time,

but eventually that Kairos time does come.


The Moment Before

Why is it that, in Exodus, God tells us that

They created the deaf, the mute, and the blind

yet in Leviticus we turn around and push them aside?

Why is it, in Genesis, that God creates

both man AND woman in Their own image

yet we get bogged down in gender roles

and social norms?

Why is it, in Romans, that we can bank

our entire faith on the fact that Abraham

came before Moses

and so are justified by grace alone,

rather than by works,

yet keep trying to earn our salvation

and set up obstacles for others to jump over to do the same?

God is calling all of us into immediate and total reconciliation with Himself.

Are we bold enough to take Him up on His offer?

Kicking Against the Goads

Saul was struck by light
on the way to Damascas.

“Saul, why do you kick
against the goads?” said our LORD.

It was at that moment that Saul realized
He had been worshipping God wrongly,
when only moments before he believed he
was serving Him right.

God needs to do that now and again:
show up in a beam of light,
pointing out where we have strayed.

Otherwise we grope about in the dark,
pretending it to have it all together
but really falling apart at the seams.

God does not want that. Not at all.
“Go to the house of Simon the tanner and be healed,”
he says.
Not once, but forever.
This is our God,
gracious, forgiving, just and good.

No Salvation for You?!

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I read an article the other day about how Catholic priests, who, despite the Pope’s orders to the contrary, continue to deny communion to they deem unworthy of it.

How did we get to this point, where we feel we have the moral grounds and authority enough to say who does and does not have the right to take in the very body and blood of Jesus Christ, when the LORD Himself gave it up so freely? True, we should not take in an unworthy manner, not self-righteously or boastingly, not to get something out of it (free bread and/or wine), or out of sheer obligation.

We are called to gather together, as a united people, to celebrate communion, to remember what Christ did for us as we partake in the last public activity He Himself partook in before heading to the cross: sharing a meal with friends.

If we are friends of Christ, we must invite people to the table, not shoo them away.

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