Selected Sunday Scriptures- #134

So I guess there was something of a debate over at Dalrock because of this post. Scott wrote his own thoughts about it over here. I’ve got a few thoughts of my own, but they are tied to scripture- hence why they are in this post. Reading through Dalrock’s post, I immediately saw the apparent “shallowness” of Mrs. Stone’s approach. At the same time, I was reminded of this:

He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a steward, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’ And the steward said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the stewardship away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do, so that people may receive me into their houses when I am put out of the stewardship.’ So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ And he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ The master commended the dishonest steward for his prudence; for the sons of this world are wiser in their own generation than the sons of light And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous mammon, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal habitations.

(Luke 16:1-9)

I also got to thinking of this passage from First Timothy:

Now we know that the law is good, if any one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 immoral persons, sodomites, kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, 11 in accordance with the glorious gospel of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.

(1 Timothy 1:8-11)

The way I look at it is this:

Those who are truly good – or at least aspiring towards it- won’t need the kind of admonishment that Heidi provides. They will want to honor their vows, they will want to be loyal and faithful, etc. However, not everyone is like that. Some wives will not be like that- either because they never truly were, or because they are going through a time of personal weakness. Whatever the cause, they are not necessarily inclined to seek righteousness at that point. However, those who weak in that way might be persuaded by Heidi. She will appeal to their lesser nature- their cunning. And that is something that we as Christians should understand, and acknowledge as perhaps helpful. After all, that is the point of the first passage above- cunning has its use. And we as Christians should recognize it. Even if “lowly” methods are what is needed at the time, we can always appeal to the higher nature later.

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4 responses to “Selected Sunday Scriptures- #134

  1. stmichaelkozaki

    I read the original article when it came out. I thought she was pretty rational and wasn’t offended. Just an entertaining article, typical pagan or MTD stuff.

    Of course it has no deep theological meaning for true Christians in the Church (for whom remarriage is not allowed under any circumstance, even if it improves things for one party).

    But it does make me kinda pity those who have broken from the Church on divorce and thus live under the whisper of possible divorce, always. Crazy way to live. Why marry at all then? Hopefully one marries to become a saint with another person, not to get the best “deal” out there.

  2. I’m coming to this whole mess late, but I really don’t get what the fuss is about. “God chastises those he loves;” these chastisements are temporal punishments, ergo God himself uses fear of temporal consequences to teach virtue.

    Also consider the standard Catholic Act of Contrition, in which we say we are sorry our sins because, among other reasons, we “dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell” (older translations often say “because of Thy just punishments,” but it amounts to the same thing).

    And isn’t the fear of God the beginning of wisdom?

    By all means strive for nobler motives (though that doesn’t mean we can’t retain the baser ones), but in the end, sin detested for fear of punishment is still sin detested.

  3. You will find no disagreement from me.

  4. By all means, strive for nobler motives (though that doesn’t mean we can’t retain the baser ones), but in the end, sin detested for fear of punishment is still sin detested.

    Amen. What this debate reveals is that Westerners on the main (even the so-called “aware”), fancy themselves more righteous than most, and have an overly romanticized view of human nature.

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