Charitable reading of the bible

Mathew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

Can this, in our times, be read as an injunction against greed and over accumulation of wealth and material goods, some of which we have no use for and instead think about those things that no thief can steal from us, you know, like art, works of science and so on. If we really claim to be better than the higher animals, we need to show it in our deeds.

No thief, whatever his arms, can deprive me of what I know. He can kill me, yes, but it doesn’t benefit him not humanity to deprive me of my life. Our current economic system that survives on extraction, exploitation and on the belief that the more we have, the happier we are likely to be only to discover with constant ads, we desire to accumulate more useless things.

Or maybe we are destined to kill ourselves because we all want to extract and exploit our next door neighbour, who knows?

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

7 thoughts on “Charitable reading of the bible

  1. shelldigger says:

    Dominionist bullshit is what I’m seeing.

    We are no more special than our neighbor, or the beasts/critters that we share this planet with.


    • makagutu says:

      in the circles I walk in, there are often claims of humans being rational others even go as far as to claim we are not animals. Compared to most animals, we are the strangest of all. We accumulate what we don’t need, among other things. So maybe if we think ourselves really that different, it should begin to show


  2. Mystro says:

    That’s what makes the bible so powerful. You can read just about any part to mean just about anything.
    A family event once had me stuck in a sermon where the preacher man was going on about this very section. His was a more direct interpretation, that planning for the future was folly and we should just trust that jeebus would provide. Best bit? My family that was buying into all this were primarily farmers. Their entire way of life is expressly contrary to this passage. That bit of irony was the silver lining of sitting through the “service”.


    • makagutu says:

      You are right. The bible always means what the person reading it wants it to mean.
      That preacher had not studied the ways of his audience


      • Mystro says:

        That was the funny part. No one there made the connection. Not the preacher, not my family members who were dutifully swallowing the sermon whole. I mean it’s right there, it condemns sowing and reaping. I am often frustrated, ashamed or angry when my family members accept religious nonsense, but this time all I could do was laugh at them all. Internally, of course.


        • makagutu says:

          Which reminds me of a Sunday I had taken a friend to church and the pastor chose the calling of David as his sermon and told the whole church each of them is a David. Now, David had 11 brothers and was chosen arbitrarily. Why would 1000 people each think they are Davids?


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