Today we respond to a reader question: what’s the real deal with sexual ethics? They think that God is obsessed with virginity and that a woman (who slept with someone) is usually compared to a chewed up gum, a plucked rose, and so on. “Does God care that much about premarital sex when dating as it is?”
We then queer the text from Leviticus that shows a God who is filled with kindness and justice. Who calls on us to be just and good to other people, and to not hold grudges or take revenge.
- Fall update from Fr. Shay: playwriting fellowship [0:50]
- Brian’s renewed creative practice [2:32]
- Reader question from Tumblr: on God’s obsession with virginity [5:25]
- How girls/women are given the responsibility to protect their “pureness” [6:55]
- Indeed, some parts of the Bible are obsessed with virginity [9:22]
- Sexual ethics can be different from sexual practices [11:37]
- Queering the Bible: Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18 [13:11]
- How this passage shows a God of goodness and kindness [14:30]
- What’s going on in Leviticus? [16:59]
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Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18
The Lord said to Moses, Say to the whole community of the Israelites: You must be holy, because I, the Lord your God, am holy.
You must not act unjustly in a legal case. Do not show favoritism to the poor or deference to the great; you must judge your fellow Israelites fairly. Do not go around slandering your people. Do not stand by while your neighbor’s blood is shed; I am the Lord. You must not hate your fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your fellow Israelite strongly, so you don’t become responsible for his sin. You must not take revenge nor hold a grudge against any of your people; instead, you must love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.