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August 9, 2018
Holding Together the Bible
Karen’s Corner, August 9, 2018
“Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him?” -James 2:5
While they were in Seminary, Jim Wallis and a few of his friends decided to find every verse in the Bible that deals with the poor. They came up with thousands in the first three gospels alone. One in 10 verses in Matthew and Mark, and one in seven in Luke referred to the poor. Yet, they could not recall a single sermon on the poor in their home churches. Later, one of them found an old Bible and began to cut out every single biblical text about the poor. Most of the psalms and prophets disappeared. The old Bible didn’t hold together. Too many holes.
Our culture can’t hold together if we fail to care for the poor. Our choice to stand with them is one we make as an expression of the freedom we have in our country. Jesus did not live in such a land. When he announced that he came to bring “good news to the poor,” those in authority went on high alert. Saying such words put his own life at risk.
When we gaze into the faces of the poor, we gaze into the face of Christ. But if our lives are too crowded for there to be room for the poor, we will miss the face of Jesus, too. Our Scripture will be bereft. Full of holes. It is only when we are free to give mercy to the poor that we can experience God’s mercy for us. In God’s word and God’s kingdom, mercy triumphs every time. That is the good news we are called to share, especially with the poor. Will we? Today?