Friday, May 23, 2008

So, Progressives Are Biblical Literalists, Too?

I am starting to wonder if progressives are Biblical Literalists, too -- they just take different parts literally.

In an interview with PB Schori I just found at Innocent as Doves, she discussed the importance of feeding the hungry and referred to theological differences as political parties:
Jefferts Schori: Well, different people prioritize the world in different ways. Some people believe that being right is the most important thing in the world. Others think that feeding people is more important. But if you're hungry, your political party doesn't make a whole lot of difference.

The new TEC ad campaign also emphasizes feeding the hungry. Now I am all for feeding the hungry, but it is not the priority I expect from the spiritual leader of a Christian denomination. I have started to wonder, do you suppose she is taking "Feed my sheep." literally?
John 21:15-17

15When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?"
"Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you."
Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."

16Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me?"
He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you."
Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep."

17 The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?"
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you."

Jesus said, "Feed my sheep.

I always thought that was a metaphor. I guess because of:
Matthew 4:2-4

2After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."

4Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"

Note: 4:4 cites Deut. 8:3

Oh, I guess Progressives wouldn't use this part. Jesus was citing Deuteronomy.

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