We love the Bible. We just have a funny way of showing IT.
Advent: and now we wait...
Our Recent Card Talks
Sadly, this Advent Card Talk is applicable every year...
No matter the "winner," many of us will feel argghghhahrrrr! We submit ten cards from our Red Letter Deck with the wisdom Christ has for us in the midst of this election season.
"...we would like to submit that good Christians tend to read and apply this passage incorrectly because we do not fully understand what the “cloud of witnesses,” the heroes of the faith, really represent ... They aren’t examples, they are warnings."
Here's the tl:dr for the lazy: Judges does not present Samson as a hero. The context and structure of the book, as well as the context and structure of Samson's story all point to the same thing: Samson was a self-absorbed human being manipulated, not used, by God. He is an example to be avoided, not upheld.
On the issue of gender in the Bible, our game does the same thing it does with all topics: it tackles and wrestles with the uncomfortable.