A truly shocking column

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By John Barnhart

    I was absolutely shocked when I read Rick Howell’s “Liberal Agenda” last week. I couldn’t believe my eyes at first! Mr. Howell actually wrote something I agree with. The part of his column that I agreed with consisted of the last four paragraphs where he congratulated Jason Johnson for his election to the the Bedford County School Board.
    Yes, I agree with Mr. Howell. Mr. Johnson will be a great credit to the Bedford County School Board. In addition to the reasons Mr. Howell cited, I think Mr. Johnson brings a unique perspective to the board. As an academic adviser at Virginia Tech, he frequently sees graduates of Bedford County Public Schools and is in a unique position to see both the strengths and the weaknesses of teens who have been educated in the public schools here. Nobody else on the school board has this perspective. I think he’s going to have valuable insights to the school board when he takes his seat next month.
    By the way, I also want to extend my congratulations to Dr. John Hicks, who won his special election for a school board seat in District 3. I interviewed Eric Thompson, who challenged him and found Thompson to be a very good candidate. He had a lot to offer and I was glad to see him in the race because he gave District 3 voters a viable choice. However, Dr. Hicks’ qualifications were overwhelming. He worked in Bedford County for years both as a teacher and a school principal. And, he has a current Virginia superintendent of schools certificate. His professional background and certifications mean that he brings a perspective to the school board that nobody else on the board has. He will continue to be a valuable asset to the Bedford County School Board.
    Beyond that, I would also agree with Mr. Howell that Christians should read the Scripture for themselves. I would suggest that they read all of the Scripture. If you do that, it will be clear that, contrary to what Mr. Howell would have you believe, homosexual behavior and Christianity are incompatible. One very clear passage, the first chapter of Romans, condemns homosexual behavior as sin.
    And what did Jesus say? In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “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.” (Matthew 5:18 NASB)
    The “Law” that he refers to is the Torah, the five books that Moses wrote. The Torah also condemns homosexual behavior as sin. Leviticus 22:18 (NASB) states, “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.” I’m sure Jesus, whom the Gospels show as the ultimate authoritative interpreter of the Torah, knew that passage was in Leviticus when He preached the Sermon on the Mount.
    And what about abortion?
    “But Jesus said, ‘Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’” (Matthew 19:14 NASB)
    Jesus said this when his disciples were rebuking people for bringing small children to Him, and He used a child in other places as an example of a quality that his followers must display. I’m sure, in light of this, that He would not approve of killing babies, which is precisely what abortion is. A baby is never part of his mother’s body. He is always a distinct, separate human being and nothing magical happens upon birth that confers personhood on a being who was considered a nonperson while still in utero.
    Abortion is nothing more than legalized infanticide and it shows that we are no different from the folks in the Iron Age who worshipped Ashtoreth with orgies and prostitution and sacrificed infants to Baal.