Saturday, August 13, 2011

I'm Going to Print this to Give to Some People

      An engineering professor is treating her husband, a loan officer, to dinner for finally giving in to her pleas to shave off the scraggly beard he grew on vacation.  His favorite restaurant is a casual place where they both feel comfortable in slacks and cotton/polyester-blend golf shirts.  But, as always, she wears the gold and pearl pendant he gave her the day her divorce decree was final.  They're laughing over their menus because they know he always ends up diving into a giant plate of ribs but she won't be talked into anything more fattening than shrimp.

      Quiz:  How many biblical prohibitions are they violating?  Well, wives are supposed to be 'submissive' to their husbands (I Peter 3:1).  And all women are forbidden to teach men (I Timothy 2:12), wear gold or pearls (I Timothy 2:9) or dress in clothing that 'pertains to a man' (Deuteronomy 22:5).  Shellfish and pork are definitely out (Leviticus 11:7, 10) as are usury (Deuteronomy 23:19), shaving (Leviticus 19:27) and clothes of more than one fabric (Leviticus 19:19).  And since the Bible rarely recognizes divorce, they're committing adultery, which carries the rather harsh penalty of death by stoning (Deuteronomy 22:22).


      So why are they having such a good time?  Probably because they wouldn't think of worrying about rules that seem absurd, anachronistic or - at best - unrealistic.  Yet this same modern-day couple could easily be among the millions of Americans who never hesitate to lean on the Bible to justify their own anti-gay attitudes.  ~Deb Price, And Say Hi To Joyce

7 comments:

froggy said...

It's a great illustration and been brought up time and time again - but why doesn't it take? That's the question we need to answer.

Joy said...

I wish I knew. I don't understand that narrow view and prejudice.

Miss Ginger Grant said...

http://youtu.be/OFkeKKszXTw

The "lord" is rather inventive in terms of how "he" defines marriage!

Bob said...

Love.It.



And by "old" ladies i meant the kind who would have worn that outfit! You'd never do that so you are an exception!

Mind Of Mine said...

I really love this!

mrs. miss alaineus said...

go drive by a red lobster after saturday/ sunday services......


gotta love selective interpretations of the bible.


xxalainaxx

Allan S. said...

Exactly!