BIBLE FOOTNOTES AND CONGREGATIONAL CONTROL
—A scholarly opinion from a poet with a Master of Science in Education degree—
A Bible with certain footnotes
That obscure the meaning devotes
Itself to words
Not usually heard,
In modern day, ordinary throats.
I speak of the K.J.V.,
Please don’t be angry with me…
Noted by “expiation”,
Can the ordinary person agree?
Now, according to the Holman Bible**
Propitiation has Man’s survival
By averting Holy wrath
That the Most High God hath
In His Justice…showing His Love is viable.
The other part of the concept is so…
Expiation is payment quid pro quo,
Payment for sin guilt
Enough made to tilt
The balance away from Man’s having to “go”.
The clincher theologically
Is that Christ did both processes…
His expiation paid the fine,
Propitiation–assuaged the line
Of the Father’s Wrath toward us for all time!
So why use such big words for people
For some of whom schooling was feeble…
Not to say they’re not bright
Or filled with God’s Light,
But why keep the Pastor as their steeple?
A big part of the Reformation’s fight
Was letting each believer see the Light,
Experiencing one supposed
What formerly was closed,
To everyday understanding and sight.
Some churches still behave this way,
Refusing Bible language for “today”…
Having fellowshipped there too
Those folks are true-blue,
But the Pastor holds complete sway!
I wish I could make it clear,
For my brothers and sisters I’ll cheer…
If they only could be
With holy knowledge be set free,
Unhindered by hierarchical tier!
From another Brother in Christ,
**AUTHOR’S NOTE: I had to look it up. The discussion on propitiation versus expiation was largely taken (put in my own words, poetically) from the Holman Study Bible on StudyLight.org…in an article written by a Mr. Donald G. Bloesch.