As USMBs we highly value the Biblical scriptures as formative, normative, and authoritative. When we think about and discuss how to be faithful disciples modeled after Jesus we often establish our thoughts and beliefs on our interpretations of Biblical scriptures.
While there are MANY scripture passages that can and should be studied as Christians explore issues of peace, violence and non-violence, reconciliation, Jesus, and discipleship there are a handful of passages that are frequently referenced. The authors of the USMB Confession of Faith recognized this enough to include some prominent formative passages following each article. This discussion string is aimed at discussing our interpretations of these prominent passages and some others which influence our views.
It can be infuriating when scripture passages which are so convincing for us aren’t as persuasive for others when our interpretations aren’t shared or feel undermined by others’ interpretations or references they deem to be more applicable. As you share your interpretations and read those of others, please keep in mind our goal to be students learning, rather than experts teaching. We all tend to think our interpretations are airtight, and that is all the more upsetting when someone believes they’re poking holes in our views. It will be almost unavoidable that there will be disagreement on which passages ought to shape our views and our different interpretations of those passages. At the very least let’s be patient enough with one another that we strive to understand why someone believes something other than us, even if we are not persuaded.
Which Biblical passages, interpretations, and perspectives ought to influence faithful Christians’ understanding of the appropriate use of violence?
How does the USMB Article 13 on Love, Peacemaking, and Reconciliation influence your perspective on the scriptures?