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3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary
Do We Truly Understand Our Relationship with God?
4. "Can’t Lose" Book Offer
From now until the end of the month, Vegetarian Advocates Press (www.vegadvpress.com)
is offering a money back guarantee to CVA members for the book
Guided by the Faith of Christ: Seeking to Stop Violence and
Scapegoating by CVA chair Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D. If you
don’t find the book valuable, you can return it by the end of August
for a full refund.
5. Perspective on the Lectionary: Power Corrupts
2 Samuel 11:1-15
This passage describes King David’s affair with Bathsheba, the
wife of Uriah, which resulted in Bathsheba’s pregnancy. In order to
allow Bathsheba to be his wife, King David has Uriah killed in
battle by commanding Uriah to be placed at the battlefront and then
having the troops withdraw, leaving Uriah exposed and defenseless.
Throughout Jewish history, David has been a highly regarded king.
Yet his adulterous affair reflected an abuse of power, and the
subsequent murder of Uriah was heinous. Does power always corrupt?
We all have desires that can entice us to harm innocent
individuals, such as a desire for domination, for sensual pleasure,
and for a sense of security. Power imbalances leave many individuals
vulnerable to abuse, including women vis-à-vis men, children
vis-à-vis adults, and animals vis-à-vis nearly everyone. Often,
people are taught that these power imbalances, and the abuses that
typically accompany them, are “natural” or ordained by God. Such
justifications are most readily accepted by those who stand to
benefit. Indeed, the perpetrators and patrons of great evil often
believe that their actions are good and just.
How do we build a just society, in which people don’t justify
abuse based on such arbitrary criteria as gender, ethnicity, or
distinctions between pet and livestock species? I will offer some
thoughts on this question next week.
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.