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.
Today’s show is entitled: “Think Impunity: Understanding Arrogance and Pride in the Bible.” In modern usage, “arrogance” or “pride” often describes someone who is haughty or “holier than thou.” In sum, someone who thinks they are better than others. This, however, does not represent a full understanding of the terms, especially as they are used in the Bible. We will be reading from an ancient Jewish text, the Book of Sirach, in order to better understand the meaning of these words.
I wrote the reading for today’s show back in late August of 2013. I wrote it near the beginning of the Syrian civil war when Hillary Clinton was running around saying “Assad must Go” and “It’s only a matter of time.” At that time, I chose to use Assad as an example of the Biblical meaning of the words pride and arrogance. So Today, we will also be discussing the situation in Syria and the refugee crisis, as well other atrocities in the Middle East, particularly the Saudi Coalition invasion of Yemen and Bahrain.