A Bishop Said

Here’s what one of Your bishops says:

As an ELCA Lutheran, we believe that the Bible is a vessel and that through it God’s Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.

This is the critical function of the scriptures. They are not meant to be used as tools of power and oppression or, opportunities for showmanship.

ELCA Lutherans believe the Bible and God’s spirit steers us toward care for all God’s people so that all may be fed, all may have dignity and all may breathe freely.

–James Hazelwood, Bishop of the New England Synod

Some iffy subject-verb agreement stuff going on, and some slightly peculiar punctuation, but a solidly acceptable sentiment. If You are good, the legitimate function of holy writings about You cannot be to inflict cruelty or encourage indifference to cruelty. Or to provide a photo op for the justification of amoral power-seeking or cruel behavior. Hazelwood and everybody like him – Mariann Edgar Budde, Episcopal bishop of Washington, D.C., for example – they all think God is good.

Hazelwood isn’t much younger than I. Budde, too. How have they not lost their trust in God?

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