1 Timothy Five: But…?

Posted: October 4, 2011 in 1 Timothy

            Remember when Jesus was in the upper room washing the feet of His disciples and commanding them to do the same? Yeah, well, we Baptists don’t do it. And we don’t do it because instead of taking Jesus’ words literally, we instead look at the principle at play here, which is humility. And since we don’t have dirty feet from walking, we don’t wash feet, but instead serve how we can. Pretty simple, right?

            I just wonder…is it quite so simple to argue away twice? ‘Cause Paul says in 2 Timothy 5:10 that a qualification as a widow for church support was that she be a foot-washer. I find it interesting that Paul didn’t simply say “a humble servant.”

            I’m starting to wonder if there’s more to this foot-washing thing than my Baptistic roots have led me to believe…


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