The Ottumwa Courier

October 4, 2013

Don't use scriptures just to attack others

Ottumwa Courier

---- — In Saturday's Courier, a local pastor attacked Ellen DeGeneres for her sexuality, calling her life style a "death style."

When a person picks and chooses his scriptures, he can find just about anything to condemn, and just about anything will have two sides to it — one scripture condemns, another praises.

"Thou shalt not kill" here, "render unto Ceasar" there — in other words, support your government's wars. But don't kill.

The Bible also counsels us to kill our neighbor if he works on the sabbath, stone to death any woman caught in adultery (no mention of what should be done to the man) and eat nothing with scales or claws. It also counsels slaves to be obedient to their masters. Thought that one was dealt with a hundred and fifty years ago.

Yes, I know these dietary laws were revised in the New Testament, but they were there once, and how many were stoned to death before the change?

In conclusion, I would hope that anyone who calls himself "pastor" would have a little more compassion and not be so quick to condemn. More education would also help.

Don Howard