Est. May 2008

16 April, 2014

Powder-puff Christianity

This picture happened to pop up on my Facebook feed today, and I immediately flinched:

The pastor was doing just fine … until he hit this passage:
There are countless passages that talk about how divorce is wrong, and that there are consequences to getting  a divorce, such as the wife should be stoned. (emphasis mine)
As hard as I’ve searched, I simply cannot find a passage anywhere in the Bible which calls for stoning as a punishment for divorce.  God actually provides good options for divorced women (compared to what other nations did to women who were divorced).  And as far as I can tell, the ‘punishments’ for divorced women are that they can’t remarry anyone (Deuteronomy 24:1-4Matthew 5:31-32; 1 Corinthians 7:10-11), they cannot marry into the priestly line (Leviticus 21:7, 14), and they are held accountable for any vows they make (Numbers 30:9). 

Now, should a divorced woman remarry, she is then technically committing adultery by the law of Moses – adultery garnered a death penalty (see Deuteronomy 22:22; Leviticus 20:10; Leviticus 21:9; see also Matthew 5:31-32; Matthew 19:9).

From this point on, his train derails.
We choose to overlook the consequences of divorce because time has proven that they’re inhumane and cruel.
Look back at what the pastor said right before this, and I think you can get his meaning – the church ‘overlooks’ divorce because, if it did look at it, the church members would have to stone the divorced woman.  Um, no – we don’t do that, neither did the early church, and more than likely neither did the Jews themselves.  There is no biblical mandate for stoning the divorcee. 

No, I think the reason the church ‘overlooks’ divorce is because far too many individual churches and church denominations have allowed themselves to be swallowed up by societal norms of the times, where no-fault divorce is prevalent.  Rather than cause bad feelings (and the subsequent abandonment of that church for another, with the concomitant loss of collection-plate revenue), most churches simply turn a blind eye to that sin (and a whole host of others which are societally-acceptable).
The Bible doesn’t say anything about the consequences of the homosexual lifestyle.  Yet, we seem to be spearheading a campaign to ruin the lives of people we don’t even know.
Wait a second, pastor.  You started this by saying that, ‘Now, according to a few passages in the bible (sic), homosexuality is a sin’. 

Sin carries what consequences (hint: Paul calls them 'wages')?

That’s right: death (Romans 6:23).  

Or perhaps you’d prefer 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, which says that homosexuals (among other sinners) will not inherit the kingdom of God?

Death and banishment from God’s kingdom seem to be pretty severe consequences to me.

And here’s the kicker; here’s the powder-puff, candy-floss Christianity I was talking about in the title:
The bible (sic) states to love thy neighbor.  That’s it.  There are no other rules or restrictions to that passage.  So, we as a church family have to support equality with a smile on our face.  THAT is the true face of Christianity. (emphases mine)
I really, really want to know which Bible people like this are reading.  I really do.  Because what that pastor just outlined is not love, it’s blind, bald-faced hatred.  It’s the same kind of ‘love’ that lets a 5-year-old pick up a glowing coal from the bar-be-cue.  It’s the same kind of love that sits back and watches as their best friend drives a needle full of heroin into their arm.  It’s the same kind of ‘love’ that makes no attempt at all to talk down the suicide off the ledge.  After all, all of those people just want to live their lives without someone telling them they’re likely going to suffer for their choices.

This is also the same kind of ‘love’ that has poisoned the church when it comes to divorce, theft, adultery, and every other sin: slapping on a stupid smile and letting people do things which God has condemned just because to say something to them about it would make them sad or angry.

We do not have to support that kind of equality, pastor.  God doesn’t, and Christians shouldn’t.
And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh. (Jude 22-23, ESV)

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