The Line of Acceptance.

Posted: November 8, 2017 in Christian Ethics

Did you know, there are 25 or so passages in the Bible that condemn people for being left-handed.

It wasn’t so long ago that many things were “forbidden”, or frowned upon by society, often using verses from the Bible.

  • Having children out of “wedlock”
  • Living together before being married
  • Being Left Handed
  • One culture marrying into another culture
  • Women talking in church
  • Women priests
  • Child abuse was kind of normal. “Spare the Rod, spoil the child”.
  • Gay people were put in prison and tortured with drugs to “make them straight”, which never worked.
  • Men having long hair (yup in the Bible) and women having short hair.

But over time things changed, the “acceptable” line moved. But why? Surely if the Bible is the 100% defacto word of God then we should still be condemning Left handed people. What changed is that we chose to re-interpret the Bible to fit in with our culture.

Here’s the shock.

Culture drives our understanding of Scripture.

You can take pretty much any bit of the Bible you like and make a doctrine out of it. For instance, in Genesis where it says that a man shall leave his parents and go and live with her parents. No one ever enforces that. I’ve also not heard one sermon, EVER on Gluttony. Why? Because all religion, like it or not, is based on a cultural understanding of the Bible.

Thank goodness for the “Golden commands” of Christ.

Love God as number one.
Love your Neighbour as yourself. (As we regularly let ourselves off when we do things wrong, we should do the same for others!).

So anything that doesn’t come under those two commands, is probably, not actually correct.

You see, Jesus accepts anyone who comes to him. It’s his job, if he wishes, to elicit change in the person. Not ours. Children who were left-handed used to be forced to be right-handed. It made things very difficult and some children couldn’t do it and in fact just went back to writing with their left hand.

  • Some people are black, some are white, and some are all colours in between.
  • Some people are left-handed, some are right-handed and some are ambidextrous.
  • Some people are tall, some are short, some are fat, some are thin.
  • Some people are male, some are female, some are somewhere in between, and some are born both.
  • Some people are attracted to the opposite sex, some to the same sex, and some, are somewhere in between.
  • Some people are fully abled, others are not quite so abled.
  • Some people are autistic, have Aspergers, have ADHD, some don’t and some people are somewhere along a whole spectrum.
  • Some people are depressed, some are happy, some are somewhere in the middle.

When Jesus died on the cross, the Temple curtain was torn in two. This huge ceiling to floor blackout curtain was torn away, Paul says we are all equal, slave or free, because of the torn temple curtain.

Anyone who denies Christ to someone because of their sexuality, gender, race, religion or anything else, simply denies their own place in his Kingdom. You see by shutting others out because we judge that they are the wrong side of our “acceptable” line, we simply put ourselves on the wrong side of His.

You see, Jesus died unconditionally. So putting conditions on His Kingdom is simply putting conditions on His sacrifice.

 

Love

Paul.
PS https://www.reddit.com/r/AskAGay/ – if you have any questions.

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