I Freaking Love This Pastor

It’s not often I give props to religion or religious institutions, but this guy is amazing. he even says something that atheists have been saying for a long time. Give it a watch, but if you don’t have time, I’ll quote the best part below.

The whole clip is awesome but here’s the part that most struck a chord with me:

Vocal opponents of homosexuality will cite Leviticus, Smith went on to say, but the same book of the Bible also prohibits eating shellfish, wearing mixed fabrics and sharing a bed with a woman while she’s menstruating.

“Here’s my point. We pick and choose the scriptures that we want to use to beat folk up with, rather than look at our own lives.”

“Look at your neighbor and tell your neighbor, ‘I don’t condemn you. I don’t judge you. I will preach Christ to you,'” he said. “You can’t evangelize and antagonize at the same time.”

Exactly!

If you’re going to quote one of the books in the bible, and ignore the other bits in that same book, then you’re a hypocrite. It’s likely that you’re a bigoted hypocrite to boot.

He also goes on to say:

‘We have done what the slave master did to us,’ he said. ‘Dehumanize us, degrade us, demonize us, but then use them for our advantage.’”

Can I get an Amen?

Christianity needs more Pastors like this guy, who are willing to go out on a limb and preach love and acceptance rather than whip up hate against minorities. He’s also able to reach out to people that secularists and atheists might not be able to reach.

Good job, Dewy Smith.

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22 Comments

  1. He’s absolutely right. You can’t cherrypick the Bible, anymore than you can cherry pick the net for things that prove your limited point of view. You have to accept it totally and not play word games.

    Easy to forget that every translation in two thousand years has been riddled with current attitudes, errors, misreads and inkblots. And Im sure more than a bit of fudging from devoted scribes who may have changed a word or two here, a spelling here or there for ‘clarity”…

  2. I always thought it was a prohibition against wearing fabrics, and eating mixed shellfish? Wow!
    This blog is great. I learn stuff every day!
    I am also heartened to see they let black people into your churches these days. And a preacher to boot.
    😉

  3. I was reading a Biblical Scholars interpretation of the judgement on Sodom and Gomorrah recently and he suggested that people who focus on the sodomy side have missed the main point of the story. The real issue was one of hospitality, that is the failure to extend hospitality to visitors which was a central cultural expectation of the ancient world. The contrast is shown between the hospitality offered by Lot, a Righteous but flawed man and the people of Sodom who wanted to ‘have their way’ with the visitors to the city.

    A friend of mine who is a Christian has a number of Tattoo’s this has caused questions to be raised in some Christian circles as this is another Biblical no-no.

  4. Good for him on calling out the ridiculousness of hypocrisy. However I’ve seen a lot of Christians like this over the years that pat themselves on the back for being more enlightened/less bigoted. I’m not impressed. So he’s using the Old Testament laws to make a statement that we shouldn’t condemn gays, but what about the New Testament? Homosexuality is an abomination there too! The only way to be a Christian and a decent person IS to cherry pick what verses you want to follow.

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