Spurs Bible Study,
The Mobile (Alabama) Register ran an article in today's editorial section (front page) by Pastor David White, supporting Judge Roy Moore's recent virulent condemnation of homosexuals. As an Alabama atheist (and no dummy) I didn't sign my real name to this one!
Thanks for your columns .
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Dear Pastor White,
Readers of last Sunday's Mobile Register owe you a debt of gratitude. Your support of Judge Roy Moore's pronouncement on the evils of homosexuality was a real eye-opener for me. It got me back into my Bible, which I'm afraid I have neglected for far too long.
By golly, you were right. It took a little searching, but there it is, God's own word in Leviticus 18:22: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind: it is an abomination." As a matter of fact, the entire chapter 18 is an excellent list of do's and don'ts. 18:7: "The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness." Now at first that sure made sense to me. Then I thought about my late mother being so proud she breast fed me in an age when it was considered slightly barbaric. "Ladies" were urged to use mass-produced and marketed baby "formulas." Sixty years later, I'm sure I owe a good part of my overall fine health to the unique nutrition I got from her. Now I wonder about the wisdom of her actions in light of 18:7. Okay, it wasn't exactly full frontal, but there had to be some uncovering. My question is twofold: Is a little bit okay, and (if not) was it my sin or hers? If I have a choice, I'd rather take the hit myself. Unhappily, she's not with us any more, and can no longer defend herself, so it just seems like the right thing for me to do.
Leviticus 18:10 is even more disconcerting to me. "The nakedness of thy son's daughter, or of thy daughter's daughter, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover: for their's is thine own nakedness." Here's my problem: Our daughter is pregnant with our first grandchild. She lives far away and we plan to send a few weeks with her when the baby comes. We're overjoyed at the prospect and will happily lend our considerable expertise. Since it's her first, we'll be there to help with the initial stages of baby care. I just know that at some point we'll get into bathing and diaper changing and bottom wiping and -- well -- you can see where this is going. As the King of Siam said to the governess, Anna, many years ago: "It's a puzzlement."
I hate to keep harping on me, me, me, but there is one more little area I could sure use your guidance on. My widowed sister-in-law is childless and according to Deuteronomy 25:5: "...her husband's brother (that would be me) shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husbands brother unto her." First of all, my wife is taking a very dim view of this. Should I cast her out? Actually, my sister-in-law isn't having any of it either. I've explained that it is God's law, in no uncertain terms, and she says she doesn't care whose law it is. Should I cast them both out? How far out, exactly? In light of the attitudes of my wife and sister-in-law this next seems sort of niggling, but I think I would also be in violation of Alabama State Code concerning bigamy, and I could go to jail. It would probably serve them both right.
My final question before I get back to my Bible study. Is it okay to kind of pick and choose the things you want to go along with in the Bible, or is it more of an all-or-nothing deal?
Got to run, now. My wife is in her unclean time and has been put apart (Leviticus 16:19) for seven days. I see nothing in the law against it, so I'm taking her meals out to the potting shed. Only five more days to go.
Many thanks for your insight and clarification.
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