Recently I have been confronted by two “dangerous” texts in scripture. One I heard in class, the other was preached today.
let us rejoice in our suffering, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance; character and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us…
Hopefully you can see the how that may be dangerous. It gets–not to be too dramatic–deadly when we point to our Savior on the cross and say, see what Christ has done, now take up your cross, submit, suffer and die.
If we are not careful with how we use our words regarding Christ’s sacrifice and our call to submission–which I do think is a valid and necessary call–we could turn the transformative and radical Gospel into deadly propaganda that keeps things as status quo.
The same can be said about the sermon text I heard preached today: Matthew 6:25-34. Granted the audience was white, mid-to-upper class Americans.
Therefore, how can we expect those who do not have the luxury of going to a grocery store not to worry about what they will eat.
Instead we use this text to tell us not feel pressured about deadlines or homework or what our friends may think of us, and instead we should be prioritizing God on our to-do lists. Which is great and an occasionally needed message, but by ceasing our own self-worry we better start worrying about our brothers and sisters whose lives are lacking because we live in excess
(Irony-honesty alert: I type this on my laptop, ten feet from my second computer, while eating a bowl of ice-cream, with a $100 plane voucher before me, in the subsidized seminary housing the married students all bitch about…)
Therefore both of these texts can be very dangerous if we–the safe, the established, the empowered, the white, the wealthy, the male–do not stop and take some self inventory and recognize the tremendous damage we can/are causing.