“There are all kinds of stupid people that annoy me but what annoys me most is a lazy argument.” – Christopher Hitchens
Yeah, I just quoted Hitchens before writing an article about Christianity. But the quote sums up perfectly what annoys me most about the liberal community’s attitude toward Christians, specifically with regard to the aggressive gay rights movement.
Liberals, most of whom have never cracked open a bible, just love lobbing firebombs at Christians. These smug, pseudo-intellectual warriors feel as though they know more about Christianity than Christian theologians do.
And I’m about to ramble a bit, but I promise it’s important contextual information.
First, some background. Christians believe the bible to be the inspired word of God. Period. However, although we use the Old Testament as a guide to understanding the mind of God, and the history prior to Christ, the specified rules observed by the Jewish people in the Old Testament are not followed by Christians. This is because Jewish law, meant to distinguish the Jewish people from non-believes, was erased upon the death and resurrection of Christ. That’s why we’re called Christians, and not Jews.
With that explained, much of the Old Testament is still relevant to Christianity. Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not commit idolatry, etc—these are values that are observed by Christians because they are open-ended, meaning they aren’t tied to a specific time or people.
Most of the rules handed down to the Jews in the Old Testament were specific to them at that time, but there are everlasting directives among those laws that are observed by Christians today, and are repeated in the New Testament.
The left, because they have no interest in studying the bible with any sort of depth, have absolutely zero clue that these distinctions exist. So the most common argument you hear made against Christians disapproving of the homosexual lifestyle is the stunningly stupid “shellfish argument.”
I’m sure you’re heard it. The “shellfish argument” is the one where self-satisfied liberals laugh at Christians because Christians condemn the homosexual lifestyle, but eat shellfish. Gotcha! Hypocrites! Oh wait, if you’re not a complete idiot, and have taken more than ten seconds to study the bible, you’ll know that some laws are contextual, and some are universal.
Dr. Michael Brown explains this concept with brilliant succinctness in the following video:
So, now that we’ve put the contextual argument on display, invalidating the vacuous shellfish argument, let’s move on to something even more annoying.
Once again, because most liberals have never read a word from the Bible aside from the verses they feverishly Google to try and undermine Christians, they don’t know that the New Testament also prohibits homosexual acts.
Romans 1: 26-27 “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”
1 Corinthians 6: 9-10 “Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
These are just two of multiple verses in the New Testament unequivocally condemning homosexual behavior. But I’ve found that most non-Christian liberals have no idea these verses even exist. I had a friend tell me the New Testament didn’t talk about homosexuality. Yes, you’re correct. He’s never read the bible. Are you psychic?
Given this, anti-Christian bigots (yes, use their language against them) continue to harp on Leviticus 11 and the shellfish argument. Or the tattoo argument. That’s another type of the shellfish argument. I feel like if you’re going to make an argument, you should take a moment to understand your opposition. This way, you don’t come across looking like a vapid jackass.
My point is two-fold. One, these people are remarkably simple in the head, and two, don’t let them continue to use these arguments. When you hear an anti-Christian bigot smugly talking about Leviticus, shellfish, homosexuality, and the alleged hypocrisy of Christianity, step in and explain the argument.
Lastly, I’ll leave you with this question: Why do homosexual apologists try so hard to invalidate something they don’t even believe is real? I just think it points to insecurity. But come to your own conclusions.