I grew up in a church that did not view the Bible politically. In fact, it viewed the Bible apolitically. Both it and the several other denominations that I attended as I moved around as a young adult all had the same habitual spiritual malpractice. Not only did they translate the Bible as their story, but they all denounced the fact that the Bible is wholly political.
How can you claim a political story as your story and yet remain apolitical?
Throughout the biblical saga both as history and as literature politics remains central. It expounds salvation politically first one way and then another. And it does this from the standpoint of conglomerates of people – communities – within the context of time.
But I was sheltered from this.
What I was taught was that it was the isolated decisions and actions of individuals that might change society. More specifically, society is changed by the conversion of individuals and then by the cumulative impact that these would have on society. It was, in essence, a social ethic of osmosis, not a social ethic of the Bible
But not only does this suffer from being a naive and partial truth in general, it more specifically invents its own rationale – a culturally derived rationale – and not the understanding of people-as-political as found in the Bible.