Today, I read an unusual article where a preacher/author had asked Biblical scholars a general question, “What is the chief political concern of the Bible?”
The article reported eleven responses. The text of the responses is included as well as the person and institution with which they are affiliated. I would have thought there would be one theme in all the answers, but that was not the case. You can read the article and make up your own mind, but I took from it about three, maybe two and a half, different things that are “the main political concern”.
One is the liberal view the Bible’s main political preoccupation is justice. The main people who should receive this justice are the poor.
Another expressed by two or three of the Biblical experts is that the political concern of the Bible is about a God-centered society. Not being one of the experts myself, it strikes me that a God-centered society is a different goal than a justice-for-poor one.
One mentioned an “orderly” society. That comes closer to my own take on the Bible’s political agenda. It has always seemed to me to be about political control.
What one can take from the article is two people can study the Bible all of their lives and come out with different views as to what it says. What they would eventually take from it probably was determined before they ever started by their respective emotional attachments to it.