The Law and the Christian

Recently, the Bible has become a target of ridicule by politicians and persons of influence.  Most notably, the book of Leviticus has fallen under quite an attack by the liberal left, who want to spin the ancient laws of Israel so that the Bible is no longer relevant in today’s society.

I have to say, if you want to bash Leviticus for the difficulty of reading it, then fine.  Okay.  I have speed read through the book three or four times just so that I can read it without falling asleep.  However, that being said, let us analyze Leviticus for what it is.  It is the priestly portion of the torah, or the pentateuch, or whatever you want to call the five books of Moses.  Combined with Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, these books comprise what is commonly known as “The Law” (By the way, torah is Hebrew for law…you learn something new every day).  At any rate, these laws form the basis of God’s covenant with Israel.  What Mr. Obama, Jack Black, and a host of others who make fun of the Old Testament’s seeming ridiculous laws don’t get is that these laws are part of a land-ownership covenant between the LORD and the people of Israel.  In short, the covenant between these two parties was this:  If Israel obeyed God, they could keep the land.  If they didn’t, He would kick them off.  In the end, they didn’t keep it, and He kicked them off (technically, they were deported because they had not honored the sabbath of the land rule for 490 years, thus resulting in being kicked out for 70 years, one for every land sabbath not kept).  I don’t think God is going to burn anyone with fire or brimstone now for sowing two different kinds of crops.  However, He also isn’t promising you a spot in Canaan.  So, there you have it.

Does this mean, then, that for us the laws are no longer valid?  Certainly not!  Jesus affirmed the law in Matthew 5, and He also affirmed the power of the law when He said that the greatest commandments were to love God and love your neighbor.  The morality of the law is still the same, the need for holiness is still the same.  Moral issues raised in the Old Testament, then reiterated in the New Testament, should obviously be considered to be sinful in the eyes of God.

I say this because I read that President Obama’s choice to head up the Faith organization committee is a self-proclaimed gay Christian who says that the New Testament teachings against homosexuality are wrong.  I would challenge Mr. Harry Knox to provide reasons why scripture that has stood the test of time for 2,000 years can now be wrong.  I don’t really have the time to devote much more to this, but if it is a topic that people are interested in, I would be surely happy to build a more cohesive case for the legitimacy of Scripture.

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