How much of Leviticus do you really want?

Posted on March 10, 2013 by Kenyatta Gilbert No Comments

Human sexuality in general and homosexuality in specific are touchy if not delicate topics for African American pastors and their congregations.  This is a fact.  No great revelation here.   I don’t think I could tolerate hearing another thoughtless, judgmental sermon about who is and who is not going to hell!

We will all have to give an account for what we say and do in this life, right?

In this clip, Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle simply asks ministers to stop “cherry picking” the text and, as biblical exegetes, be more sober and self-critical. That is to say, preachers of the gospel must do a little more thinking about and wrestling with the whole counsel of Scripture before interpreting it and speaking on God’s behalf.

Oftentimes, in our valiant efforts to be clear-cut and indisputable in our truth claims and declarations about God and being on the “side of right”, we forget that every judgment against another is in fact a self-judgment.

Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle

Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle


Video Clip:   How much of Leviticus do we really want?





Dr. McMickle is the former pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio.  He currently serves as President,  Professor of Church Leadership, and Director of Black Church Studies at Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, NY.