Scripture and same sex relationships
A excellent article by Randall Balmer concerning selective use of scripture with regards to same sex relationships.
In last Sunday's sermon which will be posted shortly I spoke of the pick and mix approach that is often used towards Leviticus. Balmer puts it well;
But what I find disingenuous on the part of those who use this to condemn gays and lesbians is that these same people appear to ignore some of the other proscriptions in the Levitical tables.
If you are going to take Leviticus as your warrant for condemning homosexuality, then it seems to me you should be prepared to advocate capital punishment for adultery and to enforce the prohibitions against wearing clothing with mixed fabric content and against the interbreeding of cattle – all of which appear in the same Levitical tables.
I do not deny that there are real discussions to be had regarding sexuality. However, as I tried to explain on Sunday, we need to use scripture in a consistent rather than an arbitrary manner.