Deuteronmy 22-24; Luke 8

Luke 8:55 “…He was clothed and in his right mind, and they were seized with fear.”

The story of the Gerasene demoniac I had always found puzzling; i.e. the reaction of the Gerasenes to the man’s healing.  I could see losing part of their economy because possessed pigs could not fly was off-putting, but one would think there would be some joy that a brother and neighbor had been returned to them.  A bit of a light came on recently when I read a reflection that described our current Western culture as a modern “Country of the Gerasenes”, where many people would rather live among the dead naked and raving, than among the living clothed and in their right minds.  As I write this, transgender public restroom and school locker room access is the Great Issue of the Day, with politicians thundering and finger-shaking, and attorneys burning the midnight oil preparing their briefs.  What is “common sense” anymore?  It seems to me as becoming increasingly uncommon.  Coincidentally in my Old Testament reading today I came across this:

Deuteronomy 22:5 “A woman shall not wear an article of clothing proper to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s dress; for anyone who does such things is an abomination to the Lord, your God.

What I find especially interesting about this interdiction is abomination pronouncements in the Torah almost always including the consequences, which usually was stoning.  In this case no punishment is mentioned.  Maybe Israelite cross-dressers were more pitied than despised, and were referred to the then current version of Dr. Phil.  Or maybe Moses just hated to see a nice outfit get ruined by hurtling chunks of granite over this transgression; the Dead Sea scrolls unfortunately offer no clue.  Jesus of course said we must love everybody, but you don’t love them by confirming them in their sin through changing the circumstances around them, and changing “You need help guy” to “You go girl!”

GOD’S ANSWER: When you say you are woman in a man’s body or vice versa, you are insinuating I made a mistake.  Not good.  Reflect on that.

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