Letters to the Editor

What about those other biblical laws?

Thank you Jack Brandmahl for educating me and other Sun News readers (July 10, “Definition of ‘support’ determines Christian standing”) regarding God’s infallible law about gay marriage. Perhaps my marriage to the same woman for 50 years has insulated me from the evils of homosexuality. Since your enlightenment, clearly anyone who defends or supports same sex marriage is shaking his fist at God. In fact today if anyone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination, end of debate.

However I do need some advice regarding some other elements of God’s laws and how to follow them.

Leviticus 11:10 says that eating shellfish also is an abomination. Yet my dear wife insists on eating shellfish when we go out for dinner. Am I shaking my fist at God by continuing to take her out to dinner?

We have several grandchildren. Our little 5-year-old granddaughter is very head strong and bossy. Exodus 21:7 sanctions the selling of daughters into slavery. Does this also apply to granddaughters?

I know from Leviticus 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean. Is it OK to play touch football with my grandkids if we all wear gloves?

My three sons often work on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states they should be put to death. Am I again shaking my fist at God if I oppose killing them?

Most of my male friends and relatives get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Leviticus 19:27. If I don’t participate in their death, am I yet again shaking my fist at God?

My wife refuses to discuss these issues. She believes that Christians should follow the simple teachings of Christ. She says when in doubt just ask yourself, “What would Jesus do?” But when Jesus teaches us to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and “Love your neighbor as yourself,” I am too often compelled to be sympathetic and understanding of those who are not exactly like me.

I know you have studied these things extensively and enjoy considerable expertise in such matters.

The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.