Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Empire Building

It is odd. I have been in the process of catching a lot of slack for my views toward homosexuality. I believe it to not be sinful in anyway, that one is born into this lifestyle, and is completely accepted by God. I also believe that those in the homosexual community are to hold themselves up to the same sort ethical code as those in the heterosexual community. I do not think it is good for anyone to be promiscuous, to have multiple sex partners. For one, it is rather dangerous, especially with the problem of sexually transmitted diseases and also, continually sleeping around can lead to a lot of head aches for everyone in both participating parties…for example, jealousy, unwanted children, which more often then leads to abortion, depression, and future issues with partners.

I was reading Jesus for President today while I was monitoring some intense study halls. I came across this beautiful part that was written by Gary Wills in his book, What Jesus Meant. I believe that this dialogue summarizes the dangers of fundamentalism in humorous light. But, it also shows how so many Christians pick the scriptures that fit his/her needs without taking the entire text for what it says. It reads as follows (Number 5 is my favorite).

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s law. I have learned a great deal from you, 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 other elements of God’s laws and how to follow them.

  1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may 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?
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor to the Lord (Lev 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
  5. 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, or should I ask the police to do it?
  6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Lev. 11:10), is it a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this? Are there degrees of abomination?
  7. Leviticus 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?
  8. Most of my male friends get their trimmer, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Leviticus 19:27. How should they die?
  9. I know from Leviticus 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
  10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Leviticus 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 and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.

1 comment:

Chad Rinehart said...

i think being gay is totally fine. miss you john.