Degrees of Sin
I just read a tweet that instructed “gay” people to read Leviticus Chapter 20 verse 13 and then go kill themselves.
Wow. What judgment. What hate. What a question was raised in that statement! What does Leviticus 20:13 say?
So, I looked it up. This could be important stuff.
Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
Ok. I see that Old Testament scripture says this behavior is sin.
Hmmm…..what do the verses around it say, though?
Leviticus 20:9-21 lists many types of sin and punishment. Verse 13 talks about same sex relationships. One verse out of that list. Let me paraphrase what the rest of the verses say:
9: if you curse your parents…you die
10: commit adultery with another man’s wife…you die
11: lie with your father’s wife…you die
12: lie with your daughter-in-law…you die
14: take a wife and her mother…burnt with fire
15: lie with a beast…you die
16: woman lie with a beast…you die
17: take your sister, father’s daughter, or mother’s daughter…cut off from your family
18: lie with a woman during menstrual cycle…cut off from your family
19: see mother’s sister or father’s sister naked…bear their iniquity
20: lie with uncle’s wife…die childless
21: take brother’s wife…die childless
Folks, sexual sin is sexual sin. There aren’t degrees of wrongness.
Why is it that we are ok with open marriages? Why do we accept, without batting an eye, affairs of all nature? Why would we want “gay” people to die, but we accept with open arms heterogeneous adulterers? Am I the only one who see the hypocrisy of this?
Romans 3:23 For ALL have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God;
Who am I to just one particular “brand” of sinner? We don’t have to encourage them in their sin, but we also can’t require more of them than we do other sinners. God doesn’t.
How do we stop putting degrees, or levels, on our sins? Can we ever truly let go of our prejudices to love people like God loves people?