Thinking Thursday: Confronting Hypocrisy



Dear Mr. Scott Esk,

Up until yesterday, and a friend posting this link, I’d never heard of you. First of all, I’m Canadian, and you’re a Tea Party state House candidate in Oklahoma. Second, I tend not to watch much news, especially when it comes to politics.

Now, I have no idea who you are, in the totality of your life. Perhaps you lead an exemplary life, rescue kittens from burning buildings, and take in widows and orphans. However, I was stunned to discover that you believe that stoning gay people to death is a lovely idea. You said, ‘ignoring as a nation things that are worthy of death is very remiss’ and ‘I never said I would author legislation to put homosexuals to death, but I didn’t have a problem with it.’ and,  ‘…I do have some very huge moral misgivings about those kinds of sins.’

So, you’re in agreement when it comes to stoning gay people, but aren’t going to author legislation to enact that.

Well, that’s a relief, isn’t it?

Yeah, not so much.

Here’s the thing: I’m a Christian. And I have several issue with this.

First of all, what *exactly* are ‘those kinds of sins’? 

What about all sins being equal in the eyes of God? Is that ignored or forgotten?

James 2:10
10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.

And this:

Romans 3:23

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

 

But, seems to me, that if you’re going to extol the virtues of Old Testament Laws, you should be bound by the same. All of them.

So, Mr. Esk…wearing mixed textiles? Bad. Betting you’ve eaten pork and/or shellfish. Bad, bad! How about premarital sex? How about any form of birth control, other than abstinence? Heck, how about coveting thy neighbour’s property or wife? Your picture shows that you’ve cut your beard. Serious trouble, there. Betting you’ve told more than a few lies, I mean, you *are* a politician.

What are the punishments for those, according to the Old Testament? Come on, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, right? Do unto others as you’d have done unto you?

Oh, let me guess…those aren’t the kinds of sins that you have very huge moral misgivings about. Funny how flexible morals can be when it’s your own hiney on the line, isn’t it?

Before anyone starts talking about ‘traditional values’, I’ve got a VERY traditional value for you:

Mark 12:30 – 32
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. 31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

 

So. Anyone care to explain to me how thinking stoning someone to death is a reasonable, LOVING idea? In fact, I do believe that Christ Himself had an opinion about stoning.

John 8:2 – 7

Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.
So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 


Huh. Look at that.

What I never understand is that, if you are a Christian, you accept that Christ fulfilled Old Testament laws…so why do some folks insist on judging others by them? (Notice, it seems to be ‘others’ and not ‘themselves’)
So, the question, Mr. Esk, would be, are you without sin? Are you willing to undergo Old Testament punishment for your sins?

Didn’t think so.

Perhaps this verse will help:

Luke 6:42

Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.

Oh. Don’t like it when someone cherry picks the Bible for their own purposes? Yeah, I understand how that feels.

Completely.

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