It’s just what the Bible says!

The Despised Ones have decided to discuss Philippians 2:5-11. As I am away on my honeymoon, I want to keep this very short. Here is the passage:

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

We should be careful, then, how we use theology. If it walls us off from having to engage with certain people, if we say to our opposition, “It’s just what the Bible says!” then we have become the opposite of Christ. We have supposed ourselves to be like God Himself, and as deities, we should never have to deign to engaging the lesser beings who believe lesser things and take part in lesser activities. Or we might even be physically present with them while still always condescending them.

We cannot do this. We must love all people and invite them in equally, no matter our disagreements. If we cast any out, it must be for their hatred of others, not for their deviation from the given moral guidelines. God Himself descended to us and lived with us, never in condescension but in servitude. How much more should we be servants of love, accepting even the most despised of society?

Theology which offers a moral high ground is certainly no Christian theology. Our theology must lead us toward love, acceptance, and humility.

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About Chris Attaway

Raised in the digital wilderness of the pre-Internet 2.0 era, Chris Attaway is a true gamer and Internet citizen. After a stint studying computer science, his life got flipped turned upside down, and he ended up studying philosophy to help him sort out his life. Now the black sheep in a family of engineers, he has set out to get his footing in the world of freelance journalism. With interests ranging from gaming and technology to LGBT rights, race and politics, Chris is a diverse and skilled writer who always tries to give a fair shake to his subjects.
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One Response to It’s just what the Bible says!

  1. Pat says:

    But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (1 Timothy 1:5 NASB)
    The goal of theology HAS to be Love, otherwise it’s a waste and a contradiction.
    If I …know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:2 NASB)

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