Sunday, 11 May 2014

In Defense Of The Scriptures

I was at an event. A revered man of God, as part of the activities for the day, preached. During his sermon, he told the story of a lady who came to him for counselling. She had been beaten black and blue and wanted to know what to do. In the Pastor's words, "The spirit of God just told me to ask her if the man she complained about was her husband. I did and she said he wasn't." He told her, this already broken woman, that since there was nowhere in the bible where God gave clear instructions for how to deal with man and concubine, he had no advice for her until she married the man. The lady left.

She came back again soon after. The guy beat her so bad, again in the Pastor's words, "The liquid in her eye had poured out." She still wasn't married. He told her the same thing he told her before. She left. After much pressure, man and concubine got married. Sadly, she had lost an eye by then. And that was how he ended the story.

I sat there, feeling anger like I had not felt it in a long time. I tried to understand the Pastor's frame of mind, his thinking process when he dealt with the woman. I could not. I wondered, would this man have treated the matter the same way if the person sitting in front of him was his daughter or sister? 

I know the scriptures can sometimes seem confusing. One verse says one thing and another says something seemingly contrary. It is the reason why misinterpretation abounds. But when in doubt, good old common sense will do. Our default reaction to the suffering of another human being should be empathy, compassion and a desire to make things better if it is in our power to do so. If you are so heavenly minded that understanding the earthly words that I speak proves beyond your ability to comprehend, then ask 'What would Jesus do?"

And for you, jumping from Reverend to Prophet, seeking revelation and prayers; use your medulla. Use the scriptures as a benchmark to filter the things you hear, the things you are told. If it does not sound right it probably is not. And even if no one tells you, you should respect yourself enough to walk away from things that no longer grow you or make you happy. 

It should be that simple.

©Naomi Lucas

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