I thought I would start a new category to deal with an issue I have to deal with often and that is the miss-use of scripture. Let me say that the problem is not with the proper role of holy scripture in the life’s of Gods children, but there miss-use. So without any more delay let us take a look at a very miss-used scripture.
Just today this verse was miss-used in the life of a woman I know, by another woman who thinks she knows God’s will for this woman. I find it amazing that a God pronouncement like this is used in such a blanket and legalistic way, more often than not. This verse has an audience as most verses do, so we need to ask ourselves who is this verse speaking to? Is it speaking the victim or the Victimizer, the oppressed or the Oppressor?
Do you see where I am going with this? To take this verse and keep the weak person under the tyranny of another, is to turn this verse upside down. The powerful will always try to use the language of God to justify their own deity, and control over others.
There was a movie last year called “The Book of Eli” in which a man was trying to get his hands on a bible in order to control more people. This is what is going on around the world whether it is the Bible or the Koran, the constant miss-use of Holy words by unholy men and women.
So this verse in Malachi 2:16 longs to be spoken with all the passion it posses for the victim and all the Judgment it has for the Victimizer.