An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Reject Identity Politics

(Proverbs 31:31 KJV)  Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

We live in an age of identity politics where people are judged by the group they belong to.  Thus we have the nonsense that only white males are racist and all white males are racist.  Actually this is nothing new.  It is just an extension of age old stereotypes.  Think of the linkage between Jew and cheap, Mexican and lazy, Irish and temper and so forth.  That is not the Christian way and until recently did not receive the support of the culture.  The prejudice existed but was not approved.

This verse reflects how we are to evaluate people.  We should not weigh them by the color of their skin, the size of their nose, their religion, or their gender.  We should evaluate them by their “works” (4639) not their words or social ranking.  Here it is lifting up women but we see this idea expressed other places.  We are saved by grace through faith but our actions and obedience work into the mix in some mysterious way.

So?  Be a living example of righteousness.  You walk on thin ice if you think that a doctrine of eternal security means that you can ignore your behavior.  Make Jesus proud. 


Gorges Smythe said...

Too many men totally ignore the first part of that sentence.

Pumice said...

One of the biggest sins is "cafeteria" style faith.

Grace and peace.