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Michael Pahl @MWPahl
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How to remain righteous while ignoring God's command to feed hungry, clothe naked, heal sick, welcome stranger, and otherwise bring justice/show mercy to vulnerable/marginalized persons (even tho this runs through the Bible from the Law of Moses to the life/teaching of Jesus): 1/
#1 Spiritualize "the gospel" and "salvation." Make these about individual forgiveness and private morality and life after death. (And when you see all the places in the Bible that include social justice in "the gospel" and "salvation," just ignore them - or go on to #2). 2/x
#2 Spiritualize "the poor" and "sick" and "stranger." Make these about the need for individual forgiveness and private morality and life after death. (And just ignore all the passages that really, really seem to mean the literal "poor," "sick," etc. - or go on to #3). 3/x
#3 Claim that "the poor" and "sick" and "stranger" mean fellow Christians who are poor, sick, and, well, strange. Some Bible passages really work well for this. (And just ignore the other ones that don't - or go on to #4 or #5). 4/x
#4 Claim that care for the poor and sick and stranger is the domain of the church, not the state. (But then build extravagant buildings and pay exorbitant salaries; or really, truly try to do this but then realize that one church/denom can't possibly do enough on its own). 5/x
#5 Futurize the biblical passages that speak about social justice. Claim they are about some future "kingdom of God," when Jesus (not us, who do we think we are?) will bring about justice and peace on earth. (And just ignore all the evidence in the Bible to the contrary.) 6/x
You, too, can maintain your self-conferred status as righteous before God while ignoring God's clear and persistent call to care for the needy, the vulnerable, the marginalized! And don't worry about God's impending judgment - that's for "unbelief"! (Or not, actually...) 7/7
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