Ceremonial laws not for today

The writer of the March 14 letter “Uniforms, haircuts not spared” must be facetious. The laws he is quoting from the book of Leviticus apply to those under the Mosaic law. Many of those laws were for purposes of keeping the Israelites separate from the nations around them.

At any rate, most Americans are considered gentiles and are not under Mosaic law. Many of the morals — such as not stealing or murdering — carry forward, but not the ceremonial laws and laws specific for the Israelites of that day. If you doubt me, read the Book of Acts.

For most of those who have written about homosexuality, I suggest you read the entire Bible and make a differentiation between man’s law and God’s law. Man’s law is whatever those in power say it is, whether by a dictator, a legislature or even a panel of judges, as seems to be the case in the U.S. today. At any rate, God’s law is eternal. It stands regardless of what you and I say.

The Bible makes it clear that none will be justified by following the law. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:22-24). We all (myself included) need grace, not just homosexuals. We need grace that forgives and frees us from the sin that ensnares us. Jesus offers that by paying the price for our sins and by providing the truth that sets us free.

Maj. Adam Langborgh
Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan

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