Leviticus…All or Nothing
When we decided to start this blog, I worried that we would run the risk of going stretches without absurd stories like this often enough. Oh how I was wrong and can now see why it is good there are two of us writing because there is just too much good material!
This post is about 2 themes that we will expose over and over again: One, Christians are very selective in which Bible passages they cite, many times ignoring passges just a sentence or two away from the one they are using as “evidence”…and two, Christians in America love to revise history to somehow claim our “Founding Fathers” were zealots like themselves.
Queue up Pastor Steven Andrew:
“Christians are upset with Starbucks for turning against God, but we are glad to know that Starbucks doesn’t pretend to be for Christians,” said Pastor Steven Andrew, who is president of USA Christian Ministries. He calls every Christian and church to boycott Starbucks. Leviticus 18:22 says, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.”
The good Pastor is correct, Leviticus 18:22 does say that, so lets look at a few other passages in Leviticus so we can see what other things Steven Andrew must be following as well…
Here, we learn where to get our slaves from:
“Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property.” (Leviticus 25:44-45)
A mere 3 verses away from their favorite anti-gay verse in 18:22 we have this gem:
“For everyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. He has cursed his father or his mother. His blood shall be upon him.” (Leviticus 20:9)
Clearly, Christians do not still condone slavery do they? Christian parents are not putting their children to death for cursing them are they? Of course not but this means the “unchanging word of God” which the Bible is supposed to be, can be ignored or held up depending on if its supporting your case or not. Leviticus is a terrible selection to ever quote from since its surrounded by absurdities.
Christians are Historical Revisionists
Sorry for long post but this one story was a cornucopia of stupid. In the article after trying to selectively use a Leviticus passage, Pastor Andrew said this about out Founding Fathers,
“Why is Starbucks against our Founding Fathers and God’s liberty?” he asks. George Washington, John Adams and John Jay made the Christian laws that Starbucks wants to make non-Christian.
I will give him John Jay, he was a devout Christian…but what of John Adams and George Washington? Lets take a look at what they had to say about Christianity and Religion in general (since they were Deists and NOT Christians):
“This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it.”
“God is an essence that we know nothing of. Until this awful blasphemy is got rid of, there will never be any liberal science in the world.”
“The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and whole cartloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity.”
“Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by the difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be depreciated. I was in hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy, which has marked the present age, would at least have reconciled Christians of every denomination so far that we should never again see the religious disputes carried to such a pitch as to endanger the peace of society.”
“Gouverneur Morris had often told me that General Washington believed no more of that system (Christianity) than did he himself.” -Thomas Jefferson, in his private journal, Feb. 1800
I could go on and on with quotes from Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, Paine…but will direct you here if you want to read more on how our “Founding Fathers” were most certainly not Christian Zealots like pastor Andrew. File this one in the “Faith IN Fiction” bin.