Yesterday a sign went up in front of the Ten Commandments Church in Georgia. The sign reads, “Homosexuality is an abomination, and the Bible says that homosexuality is a death worthy crime! Leviticus 20:13”
What a peach; pastor Robert Lee isn’t anti-gay though. He is just pointing out that the Bible is anti-gay. The question is, is he right? According to the inspired word of God, pastor Lee is absolutely correct. The Bible clearly claims that homosexuality is an abomination and that it is a death worthy crime. Fortunately, the Bible is wrong and homosexuality is not an abomination nor is it a crime and it certainly isn’t death worthy.
Still, this opens up a lot of interesting questions. For starters, if Christians get their morality from the Bible, as many of them claim, then why don’t all Christians consider homosexuality to be a death worthy crime? I mean, the Bible says it so why don’t they believe it?
Why do mainstream religious believers view this pastor as a wacko? The Bible is very clear on this and even Jesus said that he did not come to change the law, but rather to fulfill it. If the Old Testament law was to put homosexuals to death, shouldn’t Christians seek to be more Christ-like and try to fulfill this law?
And yet, aside from this one pastor and maybe a very small handful of other religious fundamentalists no one is calling for the death of gay people. Even Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin aren’t demanding death camps for gays. This is a bridge too far even for Pat Robertson, Rick Warren, and Ray Comfort. It is almost as if these religious fundamentalists aren’t actually getting their morality from the Bible as they claim. It kind’a seems like they are getting their morality from some naturally evolved sense of empathy and compassion.
Imagine that? They can say they hate gay people all they want or that they don’t believe gay couples should be allowed to marry or even eat cake in Illinois, but even they realize that the biblical command to put gay people to death is immoral. And if the Bible is wrong on this issue, what else is the Bible wrong about? Think about it.