Monday, February 21, 2011

One Further Reflection on the Lessons for Epiphany 7 - And on a "Christian Nation"

Yesterday in the lesson from Leviticus we heard these verses:

9When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:9-10)
They were in context with this summary verse:

18You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:18)
Now, for the Israelite, there was no distinction of "church and state."  These were laid down, effectively, as both religious and civil laws.

So, isn't this a Biblical mandate for social welfare? At least, isn't that where we would expect a Biblical conservative to some down, connecting this with, say, Matthew 25?  Just wondering....

1 comment:

Fr. Jason Lewis+ said...

It is curious that so few "Biblical Christians" truly see this as being Biblical. I guess it just goes to show how easy it is to pick and choose what ever Biblical emphasis we'd like to our own advantage. They'd rather manipulate people into their category of "being saved" so they can feel good about their own efforts for having such a personal collection of those they've "saved." How sad that the theme of being "born again" is only one theme in one book (Gospel According to John). But, they'll make a whole Christianity out of it to serve their own ends. You're right...if they were more Biblical they'd end up sounding more like the lessons from Ephiphany 7.