An interesting quote in an interview about Rudy Rasmus’s latest book:
I think I mentioned in the book that my friend Jonathan Gregory defined conservative as a person who feels as though they have something to conserve. It transcends political party, religious agenda, socio-economic status. Anyone can be a conservative who feels as though – whatever the possession is that is in their care – it is more important than their relationship with the person in front of them.
I wonder how to read this statement in light of story of Uzzah and the Ark or even Jesus’ words in the June 22 gospel reading about being a sword that divides families and friends.
How does the value of “relationship” weigh in the biblical witness against other commands of God? Does God sometimes call for forsaking “relationship” for the sake of other things? When? Can we discern a pattern or principle?