The very sweet and kind Salva Venia of http://salvaveniaxxl.wordpress.com/ nominnated me for the award Most Influential Blogger today.
It gave me pause to think about how influential I might be. I know there are bloggers followed by many thousands who hang on their every word ( can you feel the jealousy?) and who get many comments. But I think I’m followed by quite a few and that many of those read most of what I write. Some may even be of the same opinion as me on some subjects.
Yesterday I read a blog post which affected me deeply. It was from a woman who was born a man but always knew she was a woman. She’d moved a fair way because of the bile that some people feel they have to spout and was part of an internet group who accepted her for the woman she is, until someone from her past, from school decided to ‘Out’ her to the group. What made me sad was that from out of the group who had accepted her, there were people prepared to call her an abomination in the eyes of the church, because the bible is quite specific on issues like this and of course for some people the bible is never wrong. If the bible says the Earth is 6000 years old then by heaven the dinosaurs must have been and gone in that time along with the great flood of Noah’s fame. For some people there is no flexibility, no room for error and certainly no room for science. I know not all Christians are like this and I even quite like some of the lessons attributed to Jesus for living one’s life. Certainly the one I like most is that of tolerance.
Instead of venting my anger towards these people who will only hate even more than they do now, I thought I’d share with you something another friend recently sent me. I have no idea who to attribute this to but allow me to say , whoever it is has a fantastic straight face for humour and I love it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. And, if you should come across a transgender child or adult or a gay person you’ll extend tolerance and love towards them. Their struggle is hard enough as it is.
Dear Dr. Laura,
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind him that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate.
I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific laws and how to best follow them.
a) When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
b) I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
c) I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Lev 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
d) Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?
e) I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?
f) A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an Abomination (Lev 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this?
g) Lev 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?
h) Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev 19:27. How should they die?
i) I know from Lev 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
j) My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? (Lev 24:10-16) Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)
I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help.
Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.
Your devoted disciple and adoring fan.