By Tim Peacock
Though most Christians believe the Old Testament doesn't apply to modern mores, a billboard in Tennessee begs to disagree in its citing Leviticus' biblical prohibition on gay sex. Reporting on the billboard and the controversy surrounding it, WSMV in Nashville said:
In Portland, TN, a towering billboard quotes a Leviticus passage from the Old Testament: "You shall not lie with a man as with a woman. It is an abomination."
Ronnie Monday, a Vietnam veteran, is the man behind the message. He commissioned the billboard and paid for it with donations from some friends. It has been up for four months.
"When the president came out and indicated that he thought that gay marriage was OK, that was pretty much the last straw," Monday said. [SNIP]
Love it or hate it, residents will have to get used to it. The contract on the billboard has been renewed for another six months.
"As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. And he says it's wrong. And in my opinion, that's what it is, it's wrong," Monday said.
Were Monday a true Christian that had actually read the Bible he claims to hold dear, he'd know modern Christians (and those who aren't Christian at all!) aren't beholden to Leviticus nor any other book of the Old Testament. The apostle Paul explicitly said this, in fact, in Galatians 3:10. The death of Christianity's savior Jesus Christ released Christians from the laws outlined in the first five books of the Bible. For a lengthier explanation of why quoting Leviticus to oppose LGBT people makes you appear biblically-challenged, I highly recommend reading Bible-Thumping Liberal's analysis.
But let's assume for a moment that up is down, black is white and the Old Testament laws still apply to everyone - even non-Christians who do not wish to live under Biblical law or theocracy. If we were to live in a world ruled by the same passages Monday uses to condemn LGBT people, why aren't we doing it to the full letter of the (biblical) law? Why the bet-hedging?
When we bring up God's holy ban on eating shellfish or His loving command to kill your daughter if she isn't a virgin on her wedding night—passages in the Bible that Christians ignore—we're told that those passages are in the Old Testament, silly, so they neither apply nor matter to Christians because Jesus.
Leviticus 18:22 goes on to say that men who lie with men as with women should be put to death. (Can't you just feel the love for people, people?) But if someone else were to put up a billboard in Portland proclaiming that all women who aren't virgins on their wedding nights should be stoned to death (Deuteronomy 22:20-21)—or that adulterers like Mark Sanford and David Vitter must be put to death (Leviticus 10:10) or that women should be forced to marry their rapists (Deuteronomy 22:28-29)—good Christians like Ms. Harman would cluck their tongues and insist that those folks were being silly and unfair because all that stuff is in the Old Testament and Christians are all about following Jesus and His shiny New Testament.
Anyway, I've ranted about this before. Basically: It's fair game for them to use the Old Testament to beat up queers, but it's not fair for queers to use that same Old Testament to highlight their hypocrisy.
I won't hold my breath waiting on Mr. Monday to purchase another billboard condemning Red Lobster for selling all of that sinful shellfish.