When it declares the human body as a Temple of the Holy Spirit while invading the very same bodies with unprescribed ultrasound
When it affirms sacred scripture and tradition for formation of conscience at the exclusion of other God-given means such as reason, experience and culture.
When it states that the Bible was written to tell folks of all ages how to behave at the present moment while missing its primary goal of bearing witness to God’s saving acts in history.
When it judges in a spirit of righteous indignation rather than in a spirit of humility and compassion
When it ignores the fact that God is already on the record as BOTH pro-choice and pro-life (having given us both life and free will) and that when choice and life conflict, we need to respect the conscience of the woman involved
When it negatively replies to the devil-as-perceived-in-our neighbor rather than joyfully respond to the promises of a good God
When it “marginalizes, intimidates, punishes and ostracizes anyone who dares to think “‘differently’”
When it acts in such a way as to lead seekers to the conclusion that there is no god
Yup, sacred scripture is a wonderful gift, BUT the Jebbies are right: We’ve got to read the whole thing!
The Rev. Dr. Bob Gallagher lives in Salisbury.