March 20, 2008

More on Black Liberation Theology

The Exodus out of Egypt is pointed to as evidence that God seeks to deliver people from oppression. For more on this, read Cone's book as cited in my previous post. But the reason the Exodus doesn't serve as a parallel to the concern of black oppression today is because that cause is dependent on government-not God-to be the Redeemer. To view it this way puts the death and resurrection of Jesus in a new light, stripping it of any supernatural meaning, perhaps even reducing it to a metaphor for today' plight. The theme of deliverence runs through the whole of Scripture, and all od the stories pointing to the ultimate, when our Lord humbled himself to the point of death, to be raised by the power of God, not man or his government.
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