Washed

24x36BornAgain-Unframed-2From Brigitte Kahl’s Commentary on Galatians in The Fortress Comentary on the Bible: “How might Paul’s baptismal oneness of Gal. 3:28 translate into today’s society that is no longer split into “Jew” or “Greek/gentile,” but into black and white, poor and rich, aliens and citizens, inmates and free people? Around eight million people in the United States are presently incarcerated, on probation, or on parole.…From Paul’s perspective, this status quo might look like another version of the dehumanizing and therefore godless imperial model of “divide and rule” he was confronted with in his own day. The waters of baptism for him have “drowned” this entire system, washing away the distinction markers that give “us” (the nonimprisoned) a sense of self-righteousness and legitimate superiority, which is derived from the existence of unrighteous others.…”

Roger

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