Recently I was reminded of the fallible human thinking that’s so prevalent today… especially as it relates to Christianity or other religious beliefs.
Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a radio personality and author and had pulled some quotes about homosexuality from the Bible and used them to state that it is an abomination in the eyes of God (See the book of Leviticus). She recently wrote a blog entry about that very subject in an attempt to smooth it over.
The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by a east coast resident, which was posted on the Internet. It’s funny, as well as informative:
Dear Dr. Laura:
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:
When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness – Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?
I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?
A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination – Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this?
Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?
Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?
I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? – Lev.24:10-16. Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)
I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.
Y’all… it is so very important that we do not attempt to act as God ourselves but instead defer to God the judgments in which he will impose upon his people.
I am reminded of the letters Paul wrote to various churches. 1Corinthians 11 states that “if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her, for her hair is given to her for a covering.” It also goes on to talk about it being a disgrace if the hair is cut off but if we recognize that at that time prostitutes would shave their heads in order to wear elaborate head coverings we can then understand exactly why he wrote those words. I believe he was saying not to make your self look as they do, which is completely understandable.
Some people had gone to extremes out of vanity and in 1Timothy 2, we find these instructions: “In like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works” (see also 1Peter 3). The “braided hair or gold or pearls” Paul mentions refers to a popular hairstyle of the day in which women piled their hair in an lavish set of braids interwoven with expensive jewelry, an attempt to proclaim their wealth and high station and incite envy.
Context is key here folks. It bothers the hell out of me when people pick and chose the parts they agree with to support their agenda while disregarding the rest.
For my part, I chose to follow Jesus. I am pretty much a red-letter Christian. This does not mean that I don’t believe in the word as it is written and it certainly doesn’t mean that I don’t follow and learn from the Bible… this only means that in matters of judgement I chose to let Christ decide. He came to Earth to form a new covenant. He said that He is the way, the truth, and the life… and I try my hardest to do what He told us to do.
Most importantly, Christ stated, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40)
This is what I try to do each and every day. I LOVE. I love as best as I humanly can. I know that the only perfect human was Christ and I don’t try to claim that I am perfect. I only try to do the best job I can at what He has instructed. I am also reminded of this clip from The West Wing.
“I’m just, I’m just going to take a crab puff.” LOL.
Please be kind to your brethren. Please try to love one another and stop throwing stones. Remember, He stated so very poignantly that we should pull the plank out of our own eye before trying to pull the speck out of another’s (Matthew 7:3-5).
I love you all… have a wonderful week! 🙂