Welcome to Good Shepherd Sunday.
Our scriptures are beautifully comforting, but its language cloaks risky revolutionary tones. In addition to the beautiful language, our distance in place and time from its historical context contributes to the lack of understanding and even recognizing it as such.
Within our time, particularly within the United States, we desire to remove political language and undertones from the scriptures but it often cannot be detached as such. These scriptures were written within the social and political culture of the Greeks and Romans, who presented their kings and emperors as ‘good shepherds’.
At one time, the Israelites were governed by judges, but these judges begun to pervert justice turning from it and towards personal gain. The Israelite people demanded that Samuel appoint, thus anoint, a king to govern, such as the other nations. God, through Samuel, warned that kings are flawed often succumbing to their ambitions for political power, Read the rest of this entry »