Wesley Weekly #22 – Old Testament Socialism?

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Karl Moses?

Hello everyone!

Wesley is in full swing and examining the concept of doubt as it relates to faith and culture issues. We’re going to continue to tackle some controversial issues and help understand the nature of belief in a changing cultural environment.

What You May Have Missed…

Last week we discussed Jesus’s views on money, the rich, and analyzed what his views on capitalism might have been. From the from the parable of the talents, to the cleansing of the temple, we attempted to view the subject from both sides.

In the end the consensus was that Jesus would not have been in favor of a system in which money was the fundamental driving force behind it.

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This Week

This week we are going to be discussing the view of money from the Old Testament. We’ll look at how their society was structured, how they handled the exchange of valuable goods, what wisdom they offered regarding money, and debating what the modern equivalent of their society might look like.

If you’re interested in joining us, send us a message to get the link to the Zoom call!

Prayers and Concerns

We continue to pray for all of the students working and learning during this difficult time.

If there is anything you would like the community to pray for, send us a message, or reach out to us on our social media pages.

Director’s Spotlight- Liberation Theology

Isaiah 61: 1-3 – The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.

Liberation theology was birthed out of the socioeconomic strife and struggle in Latin America. It argued that the message of scripture is best understood through the perspective of the suffering and oppressed. By highlighting and uplifting those who are oppressed through faith, liberation theology worked to change the social structures that led to such inequality in the first place.

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