In the Removing Cultural Blinders- Vices and Virtues Podcast we discuss the ideology of looking at the Bible through the lens of the western culture’s idea of what we get wrong.
In the book Misreading Scripture Through Western Eyes, we at the Bible and Coffee Podcast have had to view certain stories from a whole different perspective. The chapter on Vices and Virtues is the next to the last chapter in looking at what we thought we have had right all these years may have been wrong.
As the author puts it so well in his quest to remove our cultural blinders, we may have been majoring in the minors.
What are examples of Vices and Virtues?
While the author of Misreading Scripture Through Western Eyes touches on a few of the vices through the letters of Paul . Our discussion on the podcast brings us to some really hard conversations on the Vices WE think are important. Self-sufficiency and freedom are western blinders that we put on as Biblical Concepts that may or may not be scripturally sound.
We deem things like self-sufficiency and Biblical stewardship are virtues, the author of this book asks the hard questions. Is this scriptural or is this cultural? Some may see that wealth in the Bible while others starved was not considered a virtue. It was better to take care of our Christian brothers and sisters than to live in a big house and lots of food to eat.
What do virtues mean?
If you look up in the dictionary virtues you will see that it is a high moral standard. As westerners, we have a tendency to see these standards in three ways. Sexual morality, money morality, and food.
If you want to grasp a better understanding of what we are talking about you can catch the first podcast, Removing Cultural Blinders- Mores.
The truth as the Author expresses it is that the Virtues that we should be expressing have nothing to do with Sexual morality, money, or food. It goes way deeper than that.
Such becomes the question that Amy and I discuss at the back of the book. Proverbs 6:16-19 is a scripture that we have often spoken of on our podcast. These things that are detestable to God, are the things we would have listed?
We walk through this question with a heartfelt confession for putting the emphasis on the wrong things.
Removing cultural blinders helps us to see everything that the scriptures speak to us.
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