October 3, 2018
PRESENT TIMES (and a grammar lesson)
Rev. Melanie Weiner
There is no Jew or Greek, there is no slave or free,
there is no male and female;
for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.– Galatians 3:28
These are polarized and polarizing times. The news these last few weeks has drawn us in while repelling us at the same time. I don’t know whether I need to pay more attention to the news cycle or pull away from it entirely.
The wise course is probably somewhere in between. We do, both as people who live in this country and as people of God, need to know what is going on around us. We cannot casually turn away and refuse to see the trials of our fellow humans especially when those trials are rooted in gender and race and economic circumstance like they were in the Apostle Paul’s time. At the same time we cannot let ourselves be so focused into one news item or ideology that we lose sight of everything else going on or fall into despair.
Paul wrote this message of equality and respect in the present indicative* 1,970 years ago or so. Let us live in a way that it is so today.
*In Koine Greek, an indicative verb indicates a simple statement of fact. It is “is,” not “should be,” “will be,” “may it be someday.” It means “is.”