In Rolling Stone, Pete Buttigieg riffs on faith, scripture, Jesus, and more. He says this:
And to me that’s not so much cherry-picking as just being serious, because of course there’s so many things in Scripture that are inconsistent internally, and you’ve got to decide what sense to make of it. Jesus speaks so often in hyperbole and parable, in mysterious code, that in my experience, there’s simply no way that a literal understanding of Scripture can fit into the Bible that I find in my hands.
It makes me wonder if Buttigieg has actually opened the Bible and read it. In fact, Jesus specifically talks about why he speaks in parable. In Matthew 13:
Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:
“‘“You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.” For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’
I realize Buttigieg is an Episcopalian and not a Christian, but we have 2000 years of pretty consistent interpretation on what the parables mean. We have the writings of men who studied under the Apostle John. We have people like Augustine. We have the Holy Spirit working through us. There really is not a lot of deviation in interpretation.
The problem here is that Buttigieg has decided to cherrypick scripture because it is the only way to get around the parts of marriage and homosexuality. Unfortunately, he is only latching on to verses that are conveniently weaponized against his opponents and feigning ignorance on the rest.
Buttigieg, in the same interview, raises the issue of “breath” in the Bible as a defense of abortion. He yet again fails to understand the common, two thousand year old understanding of what breath in the Bible means. Why? Because he could not defend abortion from a Biblical perspective otherwise. But he is desperate to suggest Christians can support abortion.
This is not a serious person with a serious or even devout understanding of scripture. This is a guy who wants to sound impressive because he knows he is pretty shallow on this topic. He has eyes but cannot see and ears but cannot hear.