A Heretic’s View of Matthew 15:21-28

I find it difficult to understand how the United Methodist Church can continue sanction the actions of the Big Sky Area bishop. By not directly removing her from bishop status and withdrawing her ordination credentials the church leadership continues to allow her to represent the United Methodist Church with perverted views.

Here is one of her latest writings:

Praying for the clergy and laity of the Mountain Sky Area as we prepare to come together for worship.

I love the Gospel text of this week's lectionary--Matthew 15:21-28. You know the story:

A Canaanite woman came down from the hills and pleaded with Jesus to heal her sick daughter. Jesus ignored her. The disciples get involved, "Jesus, can't you do something? She's driving us crazy." Jesus tells them no.

Then the woman came back to Jesus, went to her knees, and begged. "Master, help me." He said, "It's not right to take bread out of children's mouths and throw it to dogs." She was quick: "You're right, Master, but beggar dogs do get scraps from the master's table." Jesus gave in and the woman's daughter is healed.

Jesus, Jesus, what is up with you? Where is the gentle Jesus, meek and mild, the one who said, “Let the children come to me”? What happened to Jesus, the one who said, “Consider the lilies”. Where did his compassion and love go?

But as I ponder the story, as I look at the verbal jousting between Jesus and this female who is considered less than human because of her gender and ethnicity, I can’t help but note how Jesus comes around.

Too many folks want to box Jesus in, carve him in stone, create an idol out of him. But this story cracks the pedestal we’ve put him on. The wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting one, prince of peace, was as human as you and me. Like you and me, he didn’t have his life figured out. He was still growing, maturing, putting the pieces together about who he was and what he was supposed to do. We might think of him as the Rock of Ages, but he was more like a hunk of clay, forming and reforming himself in relation to God.

As one person put it: “Jesus wasn't a know-it-all, he was also learning God's will like any human being and finally he changed his mind…if Jesus didn’t have to know it all innately, but rather could grow into new and deeper understanding through an openness to God’s people [even those he formerly discounted], maybe if Jesus could change his mind then maybe so can we!

As he encountered this one who was a stranger, he comes to a fuller sense of the people he is to be in relationship with. He is meant to be a boundary crosser, and in the
 crossing over, reveals bigotry and oppression for what they are: human constructs that keep all of us from being whole. He learns that no one, no one, including the outsider, the foreigner, the hated, the misunderstood, the feared, no one is outside of the heart of God and the care of God.

In his conversion, by changing his mind and acting outside of tradition, by treating the woman as a person and responding to her needs, Jesus is willing to stand against culture and social norms and risk his status and power. It is this action of giving up that Jesus gains the most: because of his willingness to be in relationship with one so different, Jesus finds greater intimacy with God. The two go hand in hand.

This is the heart of the story. This is what offers us hope. If Jesus can change, if he can give up his bigotries and prejudices, if he can realize that he had made his life too small, and if, in this realization, he grew closer to others and closer to God, than so can we.

Blessings,
 Bishop Karen

WOW! It is unbelievable that someone could redefine scripture in this manner.

  1. Jesus changing His mind is NOT the same thing as Jesus admitting He was wrong. He changed His mind because of the woman’s actions, i.e. SHE demonstrated great faith, nothing in the Scripture indicates that Jesus decided that He was wrong or bigoted.
  2. The basic beliefs of The United Methodist Church include: a Triune God. God is one God in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. How could Jesus draw closer to God if he was God? Jesus was, and is, different from every other person because He was fully God and fully man.
  3. If Jesus was bigoted and prejudiced when dealing with the Canaanite women then He was committing a sin. The Methodist Church, as well as other Christian churches, teaches that Jesus was without sin, which enabled Him to die for our sins and offer us eternal life though the confession of our sins and the acceptance of Him as our salvation.

Bishop’s Meeting Disrupted

Meeting InteruptedLGBTQ activists disrupted a closed-door meeting of United Methodist bishops to protest perceived discrimination against them within the denomination.

Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) United Methodist Director John Lomperis observed in his analysis of the Human Sexuality Commission, published on October 31, that LGBTQ Methodists had already acquired more than proportional representation on the commission. “Considering that likely no more than two percent of United Methodists (if that) self-identify as LGBTQ, this rather tiny demographic getting three out of 32 slots (nearly 10 percent) is quite an over-representation,” Lomperis wrote.

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