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Spend time helping others instead of ‘meddling’

I am writing this in response to a letter to the editor on Monday, June 30, criticizing the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce’s for placing an add in a gay magazine.

I first read the biblical passage regarding homosexuality referred to in the letter: Leviticus 20:13. Then, I continued on to other issues that could also be addressed. Here is a sample of what I came across:

Leviticus 21:16-24 “But he shall not come near … the altar, because he has a blemish, that he may not profane my sanctuaries …” This refers to priests and includes those who are blind or lame. Does this mean that an injured war veteran would not be welcome to join the clergy?



Leviticus 25:44 “… It is from the nations around you that you may acquire male and female slaves.” I read this to my Canadian-born wife. She was not surprised – “I feel like that every time I pick up your *^$%# dirty socks.” (Actually, being a Canadian, she would never say “^$%#”). However, this passage may suggest a solution to the illegal immigration issue.

Leviticus 24:22 “You shall have one law for the alien and for the citizen.” The Supreme Court was right.




Leviticus 24:16 states that anyone who blasphemes the name of the Lord shall be put to death by stoning. Does the accused have a right to due process, or can we resort to mob rule right away? (Justice delayed is justice denied.) I understand this happens in some other cultures today – Why not here?

I am reminded of another Old Testament prohibition forbidding women to own property. If this were law, imagine how simpler property settlements would be for the 50 percent of two-gender marriages that end in divorce. This would not be much help, however, in divorces of same-sex marriages.

My annoyance and sarcasm aside – I am disappointed that so many expressed followers of the teachings of Jesus spend their time and passion on this issue. Jesus commanded his disciples who loved him to, “Feed my sheep” (John 21:17).

Shouldn’t our time and passion be devoted to following this commandment rather than meddling in the private lives of others? There are no shortages of opportunities for helping others who are in need in today’s troubled world.

David Reid lives in Alta Sierra.


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