I cringe whenever someone mentions “Biblical values”. I always believe those who condone biblical values have never read much of the Bible, especially the old testament. Genocide and slavery we not only tolerated but supported. Even in the New Testament, slavery may not have been openly supported but was still clearly tolerated. The early church had standards about women covering their heads that in those times made perfect sense, but make little sense today.
After 2000 years, let’s not stop at standards written to an early church audience. Let’s build on a foundation, but let’s not stop building. For the foundation of our building, we have the 10 commandments, which are just as important today as when they were orally passed down and recorded. On the base of this foundation we have the wonderful pictures of the Kingdom of God presented by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount and in his parables. But, in 2000 years, we haven’t stopped on those early floors. As corruption arose throughout church history, we have constantly reformed to rid ourselves of the corruption. As the political leaders of the world tried to use Christianity for its own purposes, we have reformed to break much of that power.
We continue to reform, recognizing our faults and striving ahead. The issue of slavery has made much progress, going from toleration to abolishment in most of the world. We recognize our tendency to judge by the color of a person’s skin, their facial features, their ethnic background, their attractions, their weight, and hundreds of other features. We have made some progress, but we have so much further to go.
I am both an optimist and a realist. I believe we have made much progress, and I have hope for the future. But, I also realize from history that we will continue to mess up, but the overall direction is still positive. I look forward to the future.