Slavery and homosexuality aren’t comparable [UPDATED]Published 9:38am Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Updated 11:40am Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Regarding Carol Pagel’s comments in the article “Group discusses marriage amendment” in Friday, Sept. 14 paper, I want to say that her equating the Bible’s discussions of slavery and homosexuality is incorrect. Both the Old and New Testaments say that homosexuality is universally wrong in the eyes of God, for reasons that go to the heart of who God is and not for mere cultural reasons (Romans 1, Leviticus 18:22, together with the multitude of passages that discuss “fornication,” which must be understood in light of Leviticus and Romans).
The Old Testament never mandates that anyone enter slavery or purchase slaves.
A “slave” in Israel was supposed to be released at a Divinely specified point in time, and this “slavery” provided more freedom and standard of living than our modern day minimum wage jobs if it was implemented according to the standards of God.
Now with extremely high taxation, the state takes care of those who fall on hard times but it wasn’t God’s will for the governments to take so much money as we learn in 1 Kings where God warns the Israelites that if they insist on having a human king then the king will tax them at a mind blowingly inappropriate 10 percent (mind-blowingly inappropriate in the eyes of God).
Regarding Jan Wally’s comment that amendments usually give more freedom rather than taking away freedom, we must ask what is her definition of “freedom.”
The freedom to live however one wants as long as one doesn’t physically harm someone and everything’s consensual would seem to be her definition.
The Bible gives many examples of civilizations that embraced that type of “freedom,” and the freedom that God utilized in punishing them.
My prayer is that the ELCA will stop having the flock vote on the meaning of God’s Word.
The Bible’s teaching on homosexuality is so extremely clear: God loves homosexuals, He’s against homosexuality in an intense way, and he wants them to repent and find forgiveness.
There’s a world of difference between declassifying a sin so that you can embrace it and “live in it” versus the way Christian’s sin — they fall, they are convicted that they sinned, they repent and ask God’s forgiveness, and they ask Him to give them the strength to not sin that sin again, and the try their best to not commit it again.