On July 7, Pastor Katy preaches on Deuteronomy 23:12-14.
12 You shall have a designated area outside the camp to which you shall go. 13 With your utensils you shall have a trowel; when you relieve yourself outside, you shall dig a hole with it and then cover up your excrement. 14 Because the Lord your God travels along with your camp, to save you and to hand over your enemies to you, therefore your camp must be holy, so that he may not see anything indecent among you and turn away from you.
Some things make really great bumper stickers and t-shirts, but when it comes down to practice, they become a bit muddy. I love the idea behind the saying, “God said it, I believe it, that settles it.” I hear that phrase and find myself wishing it were that simple. If it were that simple, there would be no need for multiple denominations or church splits; we wouldn’t even have a need for theologians or sermons because there would be no interpretation of Scripture, just Scripture itself! It would be simple, but perhaps too simple. Even those who don’t think they interpret Scripture do actually interpret Scripture, or no sanctuary would have indoor toilets. We wrestle with how to hold in tension that Scripture is holy and is God’s revelation for us, with the reality that it was recorded by human hands in a particular set of human circumstances. Where do we draw the line between God’s timeless truth and Paul’s response to a cultural issue? It’s a hard question, but sometimes naming the complexity is the best place to start.