Parents, teachers and students are all upset over a “Straight Pride” T-shirt that has caused a bit of controversy at St. Charles High School in the Chicago area. Because no one involved has really read or worse, refuse to read the Bible with commonsense, a long misunderstanding will prevail but it does not have to be this way.
The scripture that has caused a fuss is in the Old Testament. In the Book of Leviticus Moses instructed that men, who go to bed with men, be put to death. The students wore the T-shirts that had a picture of a male and a female on the front with “Straight Pride” and on the back was this biblical reference on the back. It was in opposition to an anti gay bully campaign at the school. I assume straight students felt left out and wanted to express their feelings about their own sexual pride.
The problem is quite funny because the students are giving their parents a reason to put them to death if they really insist on obeying the Bible completely.
My pastor always instructed me to read the Bible for myself. Therefore, I called her bluff (actually, she meant it) and I read, and read to where I was good at finding where she misquoted scriptures.
As a Bible Study teacher to teenage murderers of ten years in San Francisco, I had the privilege of answering the difficult questions they would always ask. To answer the news item and scripture on the back of the “Straight Pride” T-shirt here you go:
Leviticus 18: 22 is where you will find Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Deuteronomy 21: 18-21 says if you have a stubborn and rebellious son, he shall be stoned to death. Judges 21: 20-21 instructs the soldiers (children of Benjamin) to “lie and wait in a vineyard” and when women came out for an annual dance, the soldiers were to snatch them up for wives. These three events happened thousands of years ago according to history at approximately the same time.
These were all customs back then as Moses instructed the children of Israel to obey. We live in different customs today. In other words, would those same St. Charles school kids who think homosexuals should be put to death think that rebellious children should also be put to death or that kidnapping to get a wife is okay?
I love the Bible. It is a fascinating book and I hate to read. I call it the soap for the heart. Other times I call it the owner’s manual for your life. However, just like a car, not all that is in the manual applies to your particular model.
Reading these Holy Scriptures must be done with commonsense. If not instead of learning how to love one another, you will problems with those who have a different interpretation.