Today's reading: Leviticus 16:1-25:7
What's in today's reading: Day of Atonement, Place of sacrifice, rules rules and more rules?
Here's a holiday to celebrate, here's how to sacrifice, don't eat blood, here's who you're allowed to see naked, don't offer your children to Molech, don't lie with a man as with a woman, don't lie with animals, treat people fairly, love your neighbor as yourself.
Oh, and by the way, here's the list of punishments for those who don't follow those rules: death.
This section of the Bible gets a lot of attention these days, especially a couple of verses in the middle there. In two places it calls a man lying with another man an "abomination". In the second it says they shall be put to death.
If you know me all, or have read any other posts on here you get the impression that I am pro "gay" rights. And I am. Why? How can I be when it so plainly shows here that "gay" sex is an abomination?
The short answer is: I'm too busy worrying about my sin to worry about someone else's and this country has too many other issues to worry about. Legislating morality is a waste of time of resources.
So we throw out the 10 commandments and the rest of the law based on the Old Testament? No, not saying that. There are laws there to protect the victims and those should be upheld. But why create a law for a victimless crime? We allow other things that are prohibited by this section of Leviticus to exist - pornography for example (some would argue it's not victimless, but alas, it exists and is easily available thanks to the Internet).
In a nutshell, let's not waste our time and money on worrying about how others are sinning. We need to focus on ourselves, our own lives, and the effects of our own sin. I'm not saying gay marriage or any of the related issues are right or wrong, that's for God to sort out. My job is to keep myself in check and to love my neighbor as myself. If I'm doing that, then I don't have time to worry about the sins of others.
So why legalize gay marriage? So we can move on.
Honestly, I really don't have it all worked out in my head, as I said before I'm kind of busy trying to work on my own sin.