“I wish those who unsettle you would castrate themselves!” NRSVAccording to George T. Longenecker, this verse is â€œthe crudest and rudest of all Paulâ€™s… statements.â€ You remember Paul right? I think we can agree he’s on pretty solid ground in the faith. Yet this is how he chose to make a point. And it’s in the Bible! Some other versions are even more entertaining. One says:Â â€œTell those who are disturbing you I would like to see the knife slip.â€ I encourage you to let this be a reminder to you that you need not pretend to be someone you’re not. Faith in Christ doesn’t neutralize your humanity, it actually makes you more human. You don’t cease to get angry, you don’t cease to feel emotions, you don’t cease to be all the things that make up our experiences as part of humanity. And let’s agree the world already has enough cookie-cutter Christians who appear so plastic they may break.
“Faith in Christ doesn’t neutralize your humanity, it actually makes you more human.”Click to tweet
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