Discovering Religion: Ep 19 – If America Became a Christian Nation (2 of 3)
In the United States the Death Penalty is usually sought for the most heinous of crimes, such as the murder of another human being. In contrast, the Bible doles out the Death Penalty for a myriad of trivial circumstances that our modern-day court system does not even recognize as being misdemeanors. However, if America became a Christian nation the courts would have the power to execute someone that shows disrespect to a priest or even someone that is found to be in contempt of the court itself. American courts would also be morally bound to execute:
“You should not let a sorceress live.”
Exodus 22:17 NAB
“A man or a woman who acts as a medium or fortuneteller shall be put to death by stoning; they have no one but themselves to blame for their death.”
“They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.”
2 Chronicles 15:12-13
“If a man still prophesies, his parents, father and mother, shall say to him, “You shall not live, because you have spoken a lie in the name of the Lord.” When he prophesies, his parents, father and mother, shall thrust him through.”
Anyone that works on Sunday:
“For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death.”
“If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the girl’s virginity can be found, she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death.”
A stubborn and disobedient child:
“If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him… Then all the men of his town shall stone him to death…”
Anyone that blasphemes:
“anyone who blasphemes the name of the LORD must be put to death. The entire assembly must stone him. Whether an alien or native-born, when he blasphemes the Name, he must be put to death.”
Anyone that curses their parents:
“All who curse their father or mother must be put to death. They are guilty of a capital offense.”
In fact, in Mark chapter 7 verse 10, Jesus Christ himself reiterates the command against cursing one’s parents, including the punishment of death. But even with Jesus Christ’s seal of approval, you would be hard pressed to find a single Christian that takes seriously any of the crimes listed in Exodus, Leviticus and Deuteronomy, especially Christ’s proclamation of death for those who would curse their parents, which gives new meaning to phrase “What Would Jesus Do.”
Although some Christians may feel tempted to distance themselves from this verses, what many of them do not realize is that in the Book of Leviticus, where Jesus Christ’s citation of this verse can be originally found, in the very same chapter, just 4 verses way, is located the passage that Christians constantly reference when attempting to justify legislation that vies to place limits on the freedoms and liberties of their fellow Americans.
Both the Bible and Koran believe Homosexuality is a crime. In fact, the following Islamic countries have been known to implement the death penalty for sodomy and other homosexual acts. Although a majority of Western countries no longer have laws against homosexuality, in 2008 Pope Benedict actually blocked legislation by the United Nations that would have decriminalized homosexuality in other parts of the world.
Many Christians place an overwhelming emphasis on this single passage, alluding to this supposed “command from God” when lobbying to prevent gay rights and anti-discrimination laws. Yet, they cherry pick from God’s other moral commands as it suits them — failing to persecute Fortunetellers, blasphemers, non-virginal brides, and anyone that works on Sunday with the same rabid, religious fervor.
Although many Christian denominations continue to perpetuate discrimination against gays and lesbians; the Old Testament go much further, by actually prescribing the death penalty for any homosexual act. But could you see Christian ministers condemning their fellow American citizens to death, solely on the basis of sexual orientation? Perhaps not, but that doesn’t stop Christian leaders from exporting their discriminatory hate speech to other parts of the world, like Uganda, whose governments ARE willing to follow God’s law to the letter.