“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” – 2 Timothy 3:16
As we are all well aware, the whole Kim Davis situation has gotten out of control. It’s gotten so bad, that people are, once again, bringing up verses and laws from the Old Testament and wondering if all the laws in Old Testament or in the Bible as a whole should be followed as rigorously as the law against homosexuality. Laws such as slavery and death to those who dishonor their parents or break the Sabbath or other such laws are all being brought into the light and people are wondering if our country should follow them as well, since Christians are apparently forcing people to abide by the law against homosexuality.
As a result, this throws a very important question out there in this disciple’s mind: does the Bible matter today?
Here’s what needs to be understood about the Bible: all of the Bible, as we have it today, was written to specific people, about specific people for a specific period in their lives. Much of the Old Testament is laws set forth strictly for those who lived within the nation of Israel. It was God’s way of setting the Israelites apart from the nations that lived around them.
The New Testament contains the life of Christ and what apostles did after the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, as well as a number of letters, most of which were written by the Apostle Paul, to specific churches and individuals to address issues that were arising in the early church.
But here’s the thing: the Scriptures that were written over a period of 10,000 years by various authors all apply today. All the laws regarding the Sabbath and homosexuality and so forth all apply, but they apply in one context, within one group of people, in light of one specific event.
In other words, the Bible doesn’t apply to the nation of America. It applies to the Church of Jesus Christ. It applies to all Christians. Every law must be obeyed in the light of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Jesus once said to His disciples, “‘So why do you keep calling me, “Lord, Lord!” when you don’t do what I say?'” Jesus expected His followers, His disciples, to do what He said.
Jesus affirmed the law. He stated that it was good and must be followed. But He made a very important point. The law is summed up in one word: love. (Matthew 22:34-40)
So, Kim Davis, and your supporters, before you start spewing Bible verses to force non-Christians to your point of view, remember this: the Bible is written for those who believe and those who want to believe. You can’t force someone who doesn’t believe to follow the laws and teachings of Jesus. And going to jail for disobeying the law does nothing.
Those who keep saying, “Well, what about this law? What about slavery or working on the Sabbath? What about this or that?”, you’re just as bad as Kim Davis. Unless you plan on actually learning about the Bible, don’t quote it. Actually, I have a better idea.
Actually read it. And don’t just read it, but study it. Study the historical and cultural context of the Bible and it’s writings. Maybe then you’ll learn more about God, the true God, than you ever thought and you’ll see something new.
Be blessed, my friends.