I was raised an atheist. As a young adult, I fell in love with the Easter story and with Jesus, and I came to faith. I am now a Catholic.
I have two MAs and a PhD in theology and religion
and I am a socialist 1/
The students who take them end up reading around 90% of the entire Bible, and I re-read it along with them.
I tell the, Keep going deeper - verse with verse, book with book. Iron sharpening iron.
Care for the widow.
Defend the orphan.
Welcome the stranger.
Visit the prisoner.
Forgive the enemy.
Feed the poor.
I hear again and again, “I know this story, but I realize I never actually read it.”
So much of our experience with Scripture is like that.
Own your tradition, but understand that there are other traditions. “I have others you know not of,” etc.
The poor we will always have with us, after all.
We are Amiziah.
We are Pilate.
We are Pharaoh.
We are not the hero of the story.
The hero is Jesus, and he chose to be the poor, the unwanted, the jailed, and the police-killed.
But it does not mean that we do not exist.
I would take a bullet for the Bible. It testifies to the very Word of God.
... and it continually pushes me to the left.