Letters April 2013
Take a stand against abortion
Re “Sommerfeld Church pulls out of MCC” (News in Story, February). Carl Teichrib and the Sommerfeld congregations are asking important questions of MCC – questions all MBs should be asking. There is another question MCC needs to answer. Since they take a strong position on social justice and defence of the vulnerable, why are they deathly quiet on the subject of abortion? Surely there are none more innocent or vulnerable than those in the womb.
Using our minds to read the Bible
Re “Drifting away from Scripture?” (Letters, January). Henry Klassen criticizes Heidi Martens for saying “the tough part is finding out which Scriptures are cross-cultural…and which pieces were written for a specific place and time.” Mr. Klassen states that “all Scripture was written for every time and place, specifically when it relates to doctrine and God’s commands.”
What about the Old Testament verses where God commands people to be put to death for things like adultery (Leviticus 20:10) or cursing your parents (Leviticus 20:9)? All Scripture was written for every time and place? If we were to apply all these verses to our current lives, we’d be living in a world I would rather not be a part of, much less raise my two daughters in!
God always meant to replace the old covenant with a new one because the old covenant was faulty (Hebrews 8:7,13). Jesus came to this earth to usher in a new era. In John 12:47, Jesus says, “For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.” Unfortunately, far too many Christians have ignored what Jesus says and have instead used many Old Testament verses to justify committing all kinds of atrocities in the name of God: the Inquisition, the Crusades, slavery, and the oppression and abuse of women, to name just a few.
To suggest we should accept every part of Scripture as being for “every time and place” is a dangerous blanket statement to make. It’s to suggest we check our brains at the door and follow blindly, without thoughtful and prayerful consideration of what we’re reading. Perhaps this is the reason people leave Christianity – they can’t abide being told to trust everything purely on faith and to not think for themselves or ask genuinely seeking questions. God has given us all minds, we must use them in every area of our lives, Scripture included.