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|Posted By: Susan Williams on August 13, 2005|
|Well, in a religious context, I am called to care about others. I'm a Christian, love Jesus very much, and take the Bible very seriously. We're supposed to be more concerned about others than with ourselves (Romans 12:3), and to respond to evil by offering good (Romans 12:14) in order to overcome that evil (Romans 12:21).|
If I see someone or a whole group of people doing something that will destroy themselves and, through their disobedience to God, destroy their chance at happiness now and eternal life forever, then I must tell them the truth -- that they CAN change and they're NOT stuck in the gay lifestyle -- or else I've let my Savior down. He has called me to holiness and to love and care about others. I keep a really small magnifying glass on other people's faults and foibles, and a huge one on my own. But homosexuality is a huge slap in the face to God. I can put up with a lot of unholiness. But not the "biggies." :>)
Regarding shellfish: the rules laid down in Leviticus to the ancient Jews were very symbolic of God's expectations for holy living within the order of creation that He devised. It is thought that certain animals, water creatures, and birds and insects were declared off limits to the ancient Jews as a specific reminder to them of His holiness and their need to be obedient to the few laws He set down. I can tell you about the other restrictions if you'd like, but as for shellfish, it is thought that they are disadvantaged and vulnerable because they lack the means of survival of other water creatures -- fins and scales -- so they can't move about in the water and get away from us like other marine animals. They also are bottom feeders, so they eat more gross things and might make those who eat THEM get sick. God doesn't want us to get sick, nor does He want us to prey on the vulnerable. So voila: it's an object lesson in morality. And you thought it was just dinner! :>)
It's very analogous to His rules for how we are to interact with other people, even in this day and age. We are never, ever supposed to hurt anybody, but especially the most vulnerable -- the beggar, the orphan, the widow and, yes, the person struggling with homosexuality. Those who push teens into the gay lifestyle are acting as sexual predators, and that's why those of us who love people and want to protect young people, out of love for God, are going to oppose gay teachings in schools, now and forever. Interestingly enough, those who practice sexual immorality make themselves far more vulnerable to sexually-transmitted diseases -- because their behavior is kind of like the "bottom feeders" in a moral sense. :>) Sorry -- I know I'm weird. But I think the principle is pretty much the same.
It's interesting that you bring up the archaic shellfish restriction from the Old Testament, obviously not aware of the symbolic and spiritual meaning of that Bible passage and the impact of Jesus' Incarnation on the Mosaic law. Yet you apparently think that Christians are "wrong" about homosexuality, and that we don't know God's heart about this as well as you do, and that succumbling to gayness really is A-OK and not against God's created order and His few rules against sexual immorality. Why don't you invest some time into understanding God and the Bible, instead of just blasting people like me without understanding where we're coming from? Shellfish is 'way off the subject. Let's not major in the minors. Let's hit the "biggies." One of God's few "biggies" in the 10 Commandments is -- don't commit adultery. Homosexuality is adultery. So it's ix-nayed.
Reminds me of Matthew 23:24: "Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel." :>)
| A Radical Suggestion by Susan Williams on June 1, 2005|