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Pastor V’s Shout-Outs

Shout-out to Mark Glanville and his article on the ethics to draw from the worldview of Israel.

The Bible lays out certain ethical principles that can and should influence how we think through the various ethical and policy issues of our day.

Glanville argues (rightly, I think) that the ethical principles of the Israelite worldview are:

1. God has given generously

2. His people respond with thanksgiving

3. Thanksgiving results in generosity, justice, and inclusion.

Of course, these principles are only amplified in the life, death, resurrection, ascension, and return of Jesus.

These principles should manifest themselves in our relationships, our laws, and our institutions. This means at least the following:

“We begin here: at the heart of reality is a generous God. God has given us the world; in the resurrection of Christ new creation has begun! The “myth of scarcity” (Douglas Meek’s term) that inhabits our satiated culture is replaced by an assurance that we have enough to live and enough to be generous.

“Second, a life of thanksgiving follows from knowledge of this reality. Thanksgiving holds our lives and the world ever before us as a gift. It is at odds with the myth of the ‘self-made man’ and a posture of grasping.

“Third, generosity, justice, and inclusion are a reflex of thanksgiving—which affirms that God owns everything, and wants everyone to be able to enjoy some of it (as Doug Blomberg has said). Our lives, land, possessions, and even families remain gifts. They are given to us—and through us, to the world.”

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