Re: Verse reading–Ephesians 6:5-9; Colossians 3:22-25; 1 Timothy 6:1-2; Titus 2:9-11 (day three)
“Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.”
Those in positions of power must wield it justly, and those in stations of weakness must leave room for God’s retribution. In Paul’s thinking this balance is necessary to preserve in this fallen world a social order that allows people to flourish. But in our fallenness we are unbalanced. So people in power begin to practice oppression, and people in weakness get exploited by those who would throw off all traces of authority. The powerful attempt to become God, and the weak forget God’s vengeance. In the resulting chaos, only the church can teach this world to live together in a social order that brings peace and plenty. Let’s get to work.