[reaction to OYB’s July 24-26 readings]
Today’s readings from Romans do not so much challenge my views as a liberal Christian, as they support the point of view of many evangelicals. Like the Gospel of John, I recognize many of these passages as very important to many Christian, if perhaps a bit less important to me. They include ideas like, Jesus is for the Gentiles, Rom. 9:8, God works in mysterious ways that should not be questioned, Rom. 9:19-21, sometimes God presents us with stumbling blocks, Rom. 9:32, and the biggy from Romans, chapter 10 verse 9, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
A more significant challenge to my world view comes from 2 Chonicles 18. Over the last 15 years or so, my study of the Bible and books about the Bible have confirmed what my dad told me about prophesy. Prophets were the social commentators of their day. They were not fortune tellers. What I have noticed in this read through of the Bible, and what is brought to light pretty clearly in this story about the death of King Ahab, is that fortune telling is probably at least a component of prophesy. It is wrong to miss out on all the social justice they are calling for; but, it seems equally wrong to suggest that they weren’t also including predictions of unpredictable things.