Saturday, June 08, 2019

Find the balm


“If you are looking for verses with which to support slavery, you will find them. If you are looking for verses with which to abolish slavery, you will find them. If you are looking for verses with which to oppress women, you will find them. If you are looking for for verses with which to liberate or honor women, you will find them.

If you are looking for reasons to wage war, you will find them. If you are looking for reasons to promote peace, you will find them. If you are looking for an out-dated, irrelevant ancient text, you will find it.

If you are looking for truth, believe me, you will find it. This is why there are times when the most instructive question to bring to the text is not "what does it say?", but "what am I looking for?" 
I suspect Jesus knew this when he said,

"ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened."

If you want to do violence in this world, you will always find the weapons. If you want to heal, you will always find the balm.” 

 Rachel Held Evans