Letters to the Editor

Don’t pick and choose the Bible verses to support

Re July 10 letter by Jack Brandmahl, “Definition of ‘support’ determines Christian standing”

Mr. Brandmahl, I am curious. Are you a Christian? Since you have chosen to use the definition of “support” as the litmus test for being a Christian, I would like for you to think about a couple of questions as well as anyone else who uses your interpretation of the Bible.

I assume you are using Leviticus 18:22 as your argument regarding support for or against gay marriage as it relates to being a Christian. Have you ever eaten shellfish? Leviticus 11:10 tells us it is an abomination to eat shellfish, so do you believe anyone who enters a seafood restaurant to be a non-Christian? Have you ever had a haircut? Leviticus 19:27 forbids men from cutting the hair around their temples. Is every male with short hair a non-Christian? Have you or do you know anyone who works on Friday evening to Saturday evening, which according to the Old Testament is the original Sabbath? Exodus 35:2 clearly states working on the Sabbath is a violation which should result in death. Do you believe anyone working or shopping on these days is a non-Christian and should be put to death?

Based on your interpretation of the Bible, it would be impossible in deed to call oneself a Christian as you define it. You also make a direct statement that President Obama cannot be a Christian because of his support of something that you believe is out of line with the Old Testament. You probably need to take a look at Matthew 7:1 “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” So, please do not pick and choose the parts of the Bible that fit your argument and then push your opinions onto the rest of society. Instead, let he who is without sin cast the first stone, and that is not you.

The writer lives in Conway.