Tim Keller has a great post on “Old Testament Law and The Charge of Inconsistency” at redeemer.com.
I find it frustrating when I read or hear columnists, pundits, or journalists dismiss Christians as inconsistent because “they pick and choose which of the rules in the Bible to obey.” What I hear most often is “Christians ignore lots of Old Testament texts—about not eating raw meat or pork or shellfish, not executing people for breaking the Sabbath, not wearing garments woven with two kinds of material and so on. Then they condemn homosexuality. Aren’t you just picking and choosing what they want to believe from the Bible?”
It is not that I expect everyone to have the capability of understanding that the whole Bible is about Jesus and God’s plan to redeem his people, but I vainly hope that one day someone will access their common sense (or at least talk to an informed theological advisor) before leveling the charge of inconsistency.
I agree with Keller’s frustration. However, I admit that I become even more frustrated when those charges are leveled by those supposedly within the evangelical community. If you have heard similar accusations and have wondered how to respond to such accusations, the whole article can be read here.