There is no denying that certain passages of Scripture are unpopular. They go against the prevailing beliefs and opinions of our culture. You could argue they make Christianity less appealing – especially to non-believers. As a result, it’s temping to interpret Scripture in “new” ways. We look for any and every reason to demonstrate why beliefs that have been held for 2,000 years are wrong.
The problem with this is that we tend to blend culture with our interpretation of Scripture. We lower the bar and the standard required of us. This is vastly different than what Jesus did. When Jesus interpreted Scripture in “new” ways, it was counter-cultural. It raised the bar and standard even higher. It elevated the requirements for the listener. If our “new” interpretations don’t do the same, than we should probably stick to the old.