Paul's Solution to Division and Prejudice (Romans 14:1-12)

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Welcome to “Bible Study for Progressives,” a show where moderates, liberals, and leftists of all faiths and ideologies come together to discuss scripture, spirituality, and politics.

Today we will talk about the conflict Paul had with Peter and James over circumcision and the Law. Using the research of Reza Aslan, from his book "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," we trace the conflict and consider the tolerant and universal nature of Paul's response.

We will also consider Paul’s answer to division and prejudice. Early Christianity was no model of unity or coherence in matters of doctrine. Christianity was more diverse than today. Can we simply tell people, as Paul does, not to despise or condemn one another and then expect them to do it?

Our nation is divided. Americans are attacking one another. Attacks on minorities, transgendered persons, migrants, and Muslims are attacks on fellow Americans, and the right is not the only one dividing us. Identity politics is dividing us, too.

The focus on our differences and organizing around things like race and ideology foster separatism and extremism. Come as we discuss early Christian divisions and Paul's solution to prejudice and division. Then we will apply those lessons to current events. For the citations to scripture for this show, please see my article “This Flap over Food is About More Than We Think” at ModernLectionaries.blogspot.com.

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