Such obedience, as mandated in Romans 13, is complicated when the rule of law established by the authorities is one that denies the humanity of a particular group of people--the disinherited--or that requires them to break one of God's commands, i.e. Shiphrah and Puah. In choosing which law to disobey, to lie to the officials or to kill the babies, surely they must have determined that it was better to obey God than the evil command.
I kid you not when I say this will be the title of my dissertation (or, maybe just the theme). This post is my first in a series in which I attempt to connect the theologian Howard Thurman to the concept of hermeneutics. Chapter One of Thurman's book Jesus and the Disinherited concerns this very … Continue reading I. “Who Do You Say I Am?” Hermeneutics and Christian Social Activism