To Obey Or To Protest

jacquesfrontpage-300x300There has developed in effect a kind of corpus which practically all Christian groups accept but which has nothing in common with the biblical message, whether in the Hebrew Bible that we call the Old Testament or the Gospels and Epistles of the New Testament. All the churches have scrupulously respected and often supported state authorities. They have made of conformity a major virtue. They have tolerated social injustices and the exploitation of some people by others, explaining that it is God’s will that some should be masters and others servants, and that socioeconomic success is an outward sign of divine blessing. They have transformed the free and liberating Word into morality, the most astonishing thing being that there can be no Christian morality if we truly follow evangelical thinking. The fact is that it is much easier to judge faults according to an established morality than to view people as living wholes and to understand why they act as they do.

~ Jacques Ellul, Anarchy and Christianity

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One thought on “To Obey Or To Protest

  1. What a wonderful quote, People and Places, and one that have given me great cause for thought these past few day since first reading it. My thinking, not being an evangelical Christian, is that we are more than simple automatons living the life of texts. While I am, at heart, an anarchist and a non-conformist, I have come to see that we are socially inculturated beings and as such have a default setting of conformity within groups.

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