curiouser and curiouser

25 Feb

Good Morning,

I think Paul is known for being critical of women of faith.  Actually, according to the text he worked side by side with many women proclaiming Christ’s good news.  Also, I think that Paul is seen as judgmental, however, in this text he seems to be the complete opposite.

He says, within the body of Christ, no one has the right to criticize their brother or sister.

10-12 So where does that leave you when you criticize a brother? And where does that leave you when you condescend to a sister? I’d say it leaves you looking pretty silly—or worse. Eventually, we’re all going to end up kneeling side by side in the place of judgment, facing God. Your critical and condescending ways aren’t going to improve your position there one bit. Read it for yourself in Scripture:

“As I live and breathe,” God says,
    “every knee will bow before me;
Every tongue will tell the honest truth
    that I and only I am God.”

So tend to your knitting. You’ve got your hands full just taking care of your own life before God.

13-14 Forget about deciding what’s right for each other. Here’s what you need to be concerned about: that you don’t get in the way of someone else, making life more difficult than it already is. I’m convinced—Jesus convinced me!—that everything as it is in itself is holy. We, of course, by the way we treat it or talk about it, can contaminate it.

In these last two verses, Paul says everything as it is in itself is holy.  It reminds of C.S. Lewis’ writings in Mere Christianity.  Lewis says that all our natural instincts of hungry, and work, and sexual intimacy are good.  It is when they are exaggerated or we become obsessed by them the they become our downfall.  It is the Greeks phrase, all things in moderation.

We have wanted to make sexual intimacy evil, or our desire for food, or any other urges that we have; however, when we live in balance with our Divine Creator then it’s all good.

Enjoy the pleasure of this gracefilled day, courtesy of God.

Peace

Mary

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