Jesus had dinner with prostitutes and tax collectors

JesusHere is a fun but oh so true piece from around the internet. You’ve probably already seen it but its core message is important: the people that want to discriminate on the basis of their religion are not, in general, good representatives of their own religion. For the Christian business owners in Indiana: will you be serving lepers and prostitutes? Jesus did.

Dear Valued Patrons.
Due to my sincerely held religious beliefs, and in light of the RFRA, recently signed by our Dear Leader Pence, I will no longer be doing business with the following persons; nor permitting them in my establishment:

1. Divorcees. Matthew 19:9: “And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another, commits adultery.”

2. Anyone who has ever read their horoscope or called a psychic hotline. Leviticus 20:6: “As for the person who turns to mediums and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people.”

3. Anyone with a tattoo. Leviticus 19:28 “You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the Lord.”

4. Anyone born illegitimately. Also, anyone who, back to ten generations, is descended from someone born illegitimately. If you can not provide proof, using appropriate church sources, that ten generations of your family were born in wedlock, I will have to err on the side of caution and not serve you. Deuteronomy 23:2 “No one of illegitimate birth shall enter the assembly of the LORD; none of his descendants, even to the tenth generation, shall enter the assembly of the LORD.”

5. Anyone who makes a practice of praying aloud, or in public. Matthew 6:5-6 “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”

6. Any woman with braided hair or gold jewelry. Just to be on the safe side, no jewelry at all. 1 Timothy 2:9 “Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments.”

7. Any man who has ever, by accident or not, had his genitals damaged. (Current interpretation of this scripture is under debate, so just to be safe, if you’ve had a vesectomy, or testicular cancer, I can’t serve you. I apologize for the inconvenience but I am worried for my soul.) Deuteronomy 23:1 “A man whose testicles are crushed or whose penis is cut off may never join the assembly of the Lord.”

8. Please don’t bring your kids in if they have a bowl cut. Leviticus 19:27 reads “You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard.”

For those of you complaining that some of these scriptures are from the Old Testament, and that Jesus came to redeem us from these laws, I refer you to Matthew 5:17-19, where Our Savior himself says: “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18″For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19″Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven”

Again, I am sorry for the inconvenience. It’s nothing personal, “love the sinner but hate the sin,” and all, but I simply can’t serve anyone who would blatantly disregard God’s sacred law in such a fashion.

4 responses

  1. I can appreciate the point you make about logical consistency. I know people (not just the religious) are often very hypocritical and not always reasonable. I often argue with other Christians because of their picking and choosing, over or under emphasis, misapplication, etc.

    I do not discriminate against people on the basis of race, gender or what they do in their private life and would do business with anyone who is respectful of me or others. I do not agree completely with anyone all the time it seems, so I compromise a bit and tolerate differences. My inner circle is more like me, but I’m friendly to almost everyone.

    That said, I do not believe a lawyer should be forced to perform a divorce or a newspaper editor required to include astrology. I do not believe a pastor needs to celebrate single parent homes or the causes thereof either. It would be wrong to make an atheist pray because most people believe in God. I think it is unreasonable to demand a doctor to perform a circumcision against their own will or conscience.

    I believe freedom must be a two way street to be consistent. If a Jewish baker is allowed refuse to make an “I love Jesus” cake or a Muslim caterer is permitted to nix pork products from their menu, if a gay placard maker doesn’t want to work for Westboro Baptist, then I think they have the right to say no.

    I can think of many Biblical reasons why a girl should accept and date me. That doesn’t mean she is less spiritual to disagree and discriminate against me on the basis of her preferences or conscience.

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    • Where in the Tora does it say, Thou Shalt Not Bake a Jesus Cake?

      Too much emphasis nowadays is being placed on how an individual FEELS about a situation when it is, if anything, just a part of life. This urgency to pass religious protection laws is obviously just another way of promoting bigotry and prejudice.

      Baking a cake is not a part of the exercising of a religion.

      (By the way, if I was one of the guys who wrote the Bible, I would be sure to throw in a few sacred rules that would get me laid, too.)

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      • I don’t think it is up to me or you to tell a Jewish person the correct interpretation of their faith. I personally believe Jesus taught a form of pacifism, I am a conscientious objector because of that, but there are many who interpret the Bible differently. Would it be right for them to force me to participate against my will on the basis of their understanding?

        Baking a cake is no big deal to you. Killing another man in defense of country is no big deal to someone else. Something that offends you might not offend me. Tolerance is allowing each of us to have the same freedom to not participate in activities we feel are wrong…

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