Welcome to “Bible Study for Progressives,” a show where moderates, liberals and leftists of all faiths and ideologies come together to discuss scripture, spirituality and politics.
On this show, we will read Matthew 25:31-46 and talk about Matthew’s prophecy of the final judgment. The metaphorical account of the Son of Man returning in glory to judge the nations speaks to us about the importance of caring for others. The prophecy warns us that God judges us based upon what we do, what we fail to do, and what other do in our name.
Will we welcome the stranger, or will we cast refugees aside and deport millions of immigrants? Will we care for the needy, or will we cut the budget for social services and give tax breaks to corporations and the rich? Will we protect the civil rights of our citizens, or will use the police and the military to abuse, torture and kill?
At stake is our very salvation. In the prophecy, the "Son of Man" cast those who failed to care for the needy into the eternal fire. Whether you agree with Luther or James, faith without works leads to death.
Come as we discuss these issues and the implications of Matthew's prophecy.
Our panel of commentators include:
Professor of New Testament, Retired, Rev. Dr. Dwayne Day,
Doctor of Philosophy Joseph Dowd,
Media Psychology Specialist, Lisa Snow
And my father, the Reverend Carl Procida.
My name is Rich Procida, and I write at Modern Lectionaries.blogspot.com.