Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hate in the Name of God

Since the Supreme Court ruling, I have seen multiple posts using Christianity as justification for spewing hate and bigotry.  This verse (Leviticus 20:13) is being used as that justification:

If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.

But in Deuteronomy 21:18-21, you will find this mandate:

If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother ... Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city ... And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die. 

The same people who are adamant about enforcing the first verse seem to be ignoring this second command.  Wait...what???  Are people actually picking and choosing which particular sins offend them?  Or which portion of the Bible applies?  They must be, as I do not see parents rushing out and picking up rocks to stone a disobedient child.

Where are the memes, the outrage, and the hate-filled postings in support of the second verse?  I personally have not seen any.  I must have missed the news reports of teenagers being stoned for being rebellious.  Oh?  You say this verse no longer applies to today?  Again, how do we pick and choose which do and which don't?

How about this verse?  Is it possible to obey this one?  Jesus called this "the second greatest commandment" after honoring the Lord.  Matthew 22:39 reads:

And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

The same commandment is also found in Leviticus 19:18:

Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.

I hope for the day when loving your neighbor actually becomes the norm, not the exception.


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