I am sure most U.S. readers are aware of the commotion stirred by Jeff Session’s abuse of a Bible passage. Thankfully, there was an outcry against the misuse by even Trump supporting evangelicals.
To quote scripture out of context to credit our understanding of an issue cheapens the value of the scriptures. It is this abuse of the Bible that has contributed to the belief that the Bible is full of contradictions and is therefore an unreliable source of guidance.
I believe the Bible is a great source of enlightenment, but it should be read with an open mind and heart. So, to that I suggest we open our hearts to this passage and its context.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
I haven’t always followed this advice, so I am not judging Mr Sessions, but I am questioning his use of the Bible in this situation, because it seems even out of context with not only the Bible as a whole, but with the rest of book of Romans.
To render unto authority that authority it owns is Biblical, but we are also admonished to obey God’s authority. This admonition applies to even human authority as well.
Personally, I feel our current administration’s approach to immigration has its basis in fear and the separation of families is not founded in love and is a show of weakness, not power. To use scripture to support fear and unkind acts is inconsistent with the core of Christian Biblical principals.
So, I close with these scriptural quotations which not only supports my core beliefs, but is in line with the heart of the scriptures.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
II Timothy 1:7 NKJV
“If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.”
James 2:8 NIV
I am sure there is a way to protect our borders and still do right. I don’t believe separating children from parents is right nor does scripture rightfully divided support it.
Categories: Speaking truth
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