The Forgotten Creed
A Special 3-part Series
Feburary 2 (Forum), 9 and 16 at the 10:10 a.m. Education Hour
In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he declares that in Christ “there is no Jew or Greek, there is no slave or free, there is no male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). Paul asserts that Christians must not discriminate based on race, class, or gender. Radical inclusion and solidarity must be the norm.
Sadly, within a generation or two of Paul’s martyrdom, the Jesus Movement lost that vision: ethnic rivalry triumphed, slavery was embraced, and Christian women were silenced and denied the positions of authority they once held. Ever since, Christians have wrestled—usually not very successfully–with the temptation to divide ‘Us versus Them’ on the basisof race, class, or gender.
This three-week class will examine how the Bible itself has been used to promote racism, classism, and sexism, even as it occasionally provides shining examples of the vision of the oneness of all of God’s children.