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I love these thoughts from Shane about reading Scripture in community, the importance of good theology, and the politics that flow out of such… Check out this brief video:
Love that he mentions “it doesn’t say, ‘Blessed are the middle class.’” There’s some food for thought.
It doesn’t say blessed are those that are the poor class either. It is not a social economic issue but one of spirit. I can be middle class and poor in spirit.
Shane has some very good points but he falls on his own sword with some bad theology of his own at the end of the clip saying that the bible doesn’t say blessed are the middle class but blessed are the poor. It is an issue of poor in spirit and not one of financial means. The politics that can flow out of that “bad theology” would give us the rationalization of not trying to help the poor financially. Other than that last part of the clip i agree with him totally.
Except that Luke doesn’t say, “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” he says, “Blessed are those who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God”. And in the same ‘blessings and woes’ passage, where we might naturally be tempted to negate these words by arguing that Matthew’s “fuller” version is the one that is “more true” to what Jesus actually said, he adds, “But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.”
Unless we wish to completely write Luke off, we have to believe that Jesus had socioeconomics in mind AS WELL AS being dispirited.
Christ does say “woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort” I don’t think what the point he’s making is negated.
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