September 2, 2017: Day 14 – I Timothy 6

So let’s be clear.  Paul tells Christian slaves that they are to obey their masters.  Slavery was accepted in the 1st century but even then it was wrong and not the will of God.  These verses have been used in the past to support the evil institution of slavery by saying that because Paul did not speak out against slavery, then it must be okay.  An argument from silence is not an argument that holds water.  The institution of slavery puts unequal value on people.  This assumption that some people have more value than others is completely contrary to the basic premise of Scripture.  God has created us all equal and loves us equally.  We can take that concept and apply it to today with people who understand people of color having lesser roles and values than whites.  How is it possible that the vast majority of white supremacists consider themselves Christian?  It is an embarrassment and something no one reading this should ever consider supporting, even tangentially.  

Paul moves on quickly from this topic.  We will also move on, but I don’t think I feel more strongly about anything, besides the Gospel, than this topic.  Just saying.

Look at vs. 7 and see if it gives you the same sense of comfort as it did me.  We brought nothing into this world, so we can take nothing out of it.  Yeah, that’s true.  We were born with nothing and we leave with nothing.  What a great concept as he goes on to encourage us to fight the good fight.  Paul tries to move us from a life focused on materialism and focusing on money, which is the root of all evil by the way, to a life focused on Jesus and his desire for us.  What does that look like?  It looks like a life of making decisions not based upon what it will provide us materially but rather what joy can we get from living for Christ.

Living for Christ, Paul tells us, looks like what he describes in vs. 11: “But as for you, man (or woman) of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness.”  We have to shun our pursuit of those things that have money as their base and their goal.  Rather, we ought to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness.  What great goals and how different they are from monetary goals.  

 

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3 Responses to September 2, 2017: Day 14 – I Timothy 6

  1. Mark says:

    Isn’t it the LOVE of money that is the root of all evil?

    • kcooper says:

      Yes, here is the verse quoted: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.” Jesus also says in Matthew 6:24, and in Luke 16:13 that we cannot have two masters. I would be careful in trying to parse this verse to try to assuage whatever desires we may have to live a certain lifestyle. Remember what Jesus says to the rich young ruler: sell all that you have and give to the poor. This would at least prevent him from having to try to justify his love of money. We should be especially aware, as Americans living in the first world, of what we have and how much more we have than others and that these words are probably directed straight at us.

  2. Kathy Barge says:

    After a week or more of controversy over white supremacy I believe that lord taught us a valuable lesson with Hurricane Harvey. I am willing to bet there was not one person in the flooded areas that was standing in chest high water said I can’t get in a boat with a black, a Muslim, a Jew or a gay person. They all came together as people. I believe this was the lesson from God last week.

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