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Now down to business.
In Sunday’s Orlando Sentinel*, my favorite sportswriter, Mike Bianchi, decided to take on Chris Broussard and all the rest of us who believe homosexuality is a sin. I actually don’t have a problem with Mike’s assertion that some Christians are holier-than-thou and way too judgmental. Yes, as he says, we sometimes do pick and choose parts of the Bible we prefer to enforce, while neglecting others that might point at our own sins. I can say a hearty “Amen!” to that, though I’m not at all sure, as Mike implies, that Chris Broussard is guilty of these things.
My problem with Mike’s column is that he quotes several Bible verses and misapplies almost all of them. Here’s an example:
1 Timothy 2:11-12 says, “Women should learn quietly and submissively. I do not let women teach men or have authority over them.” Here’s Mike’s application of that verse, and I hope you’re sitting down:
I wonder if Broussard has any female bosses at ESPN or ever had any female professors while in college? If so, he is walking in open rebellion to God.
Yes, he actually wrote that.
And yes, I did write to Mike and explain that the Apostle Paul was writing to a young preacher, advising him on how to handle a difficult church. Paul was not writing about the secular workplace or the college classroom.
There are other examples from the column I could share, but I’m not interested in piling on, only in making a point. Every day the Bible takes a beating. Verses get twisted, misquoted, misapplied, and taken out of context right and left by people who shoot from the hip, who can’t be bothered with actual study or research. And often these people have large platforms. The Orlando Sentinel, for example, is owned by the Tribune Company and has won three Pulitzer Prizes. I wondered how many people might read Mike Bianchi’s column and come away with a totally skewed view of the Bible’s message, so I did a little digging. I learned that in March 2012, the Sentinel’s Sunday circulation was listed at 287,642.
I don’t know where Mike Bianchi stands with regard to faith. After reading his column for years, I get the distinct feeling that he is a believer. I assume this particular column is his attempt to separate hypocritical, holier-than-thou, wannabe Christians from those compassionate and understanding Christians who are the real deal. Next I’d like to see Mike write a column that separates wannabe Bible scholars who twist and abuse the sacred text from those who have actually studied it and know what they’re talking about.
Let’s study our Bibles, people. We’ve got our work cut out for us.
For further reflection read 2 Timothy 2:15 and Titus 2:8.
*Sunday, May 5, 2013