What I see in the mirror of Scripture…and starting a study on the “Fruit of the Spirit”
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Christians in my tradition love Bible stories, but we’re not always good at them. We tend to always look for life, or moral, applications.
Anyone who ever read Judges 19 - 21 knows how ridiculous that can get.
But I think that many, if not most, Bible stories are not in there to teach moral lessons; they’re in there to be mirrors through which we see our own lives.
For example, it is easy for a comfortable American Christian to listen to the story of the Exodus and criticize the Hebrews for failing to trust God.
It is easy to make the moral of the story: “See, you should always trust God.”
The kindergartners at Vacation Bible School can get that point.
But the story of the Exodus is in the Bible as a mirror through which we see that we are as disobedient and untrusting as the Hebrews. In the Exodus story we see our own condition before God.
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