Every so often I come across a cherry piece of text that I am particularly fond of. My first response after reading it and enjoying it at face value is to research it’s validity using websites like Wikipedia and Snopes. The following was purportedly a letter to “Dr.” Laura Schlesinger – a woman who I will not introduce here as I would rather my blog was not a tribute to her in any way shape or form. Although the examination of this Letter to Dr. Laura proved it had a murky past I still feel the message contained within is timeless and makes a a quality statement regarding the issue of same sex marriages.
Dear Dr. Laura:
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’sâ€¨ Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination … End of debate.
I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God’s Laws and how to follow them.
1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both maleâ€¨and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A â€¨friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but notâ€¨ Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?
2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned â€¨in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a â€¨fair price for her?
3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is â€¨in her period of Menstrual uncleanliness – Lev.15: 19-24. The problemâ€¨is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know itâ€¨ creates a pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev.1:9. The problem is my â€¨neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should Iâ€¨ smite them?
5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath.â€¨ Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morallyâ€¨ obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?
6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish isâ€¨ an abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination thanâ€¨ homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this? Are there â€¨’degrees’ of abomination?
7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if â€¨I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading â€¨glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there someâ€¨ wiggle-room here?
8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the â€¨hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by â€¨Lev. 19:27. How should they die?
9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pigâ€¨ makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two â€¨different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearingâ€¨ garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester â€¨blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really â€¨necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole townâ€¨ together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn’t we just burn them to â€¨death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleepâ€¨ with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)
I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoyâ€¨ considerable expertise in such matters, so I’m confident you can help.
Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and â€¨unchanging.
Your adoring fan,