Me Versus We: Part 1, The Plural You

experimentaltheology.blogspot.com | 8/20/2019 | Staff
Frost123 (Posted by) Level 3
In my recent series on the book of Acts in one of the posts I made the observation that we tend to get confused about Biblical commands because we personalize them. That is, we tend to think in terms of "me" rather than "we."

For generations, Bible scholars have been pointing this out to us, how the "you" we encounter in the New Testament epistles is a plural "you." Commands and exhortations are being directed at the community rather than at individuals.

Way - Texas - Singular - Texas - Anyone

(By the way, here in Texas we understand this. We say "you" for the singular and "ya'll" for the plural. Outside of Texas, I don't know how anyone can figure this out. "Ya'll" is indispensable.)

The point I made in my last series is that when we read Biblical commands and exhortations we tend to, automatically and unconsciously, think of them as things directed at me and me alone. The radical individualism of our culture--the atomized, isolated ego--has so scarred our imaginations that it...
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