MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Boxer-turned-Senator Manny Pacquiao recently made headlines when he used the Bible to argue in favor of the reinstatement of the death penalty and against men dressing like women or women dressing like men.
But what does the Bible say about a south paw like Pacquiao?
The Hebrew Bible mentions left-handed people on three occasions: the story of Ehud’s assassination of the Moabite king (Judges 3:12–30), the 700 Benjamites who could use the sling with deadly accuracy (Judges 20:16) and the two-dozen ambidextrous warriors who came to support David in Hebron (1 Chronicles 12:2). All of these stories of left-handed people in the Bible appear in military contexts, and, curiously, all involve members of the tribe of Benjamin.
But Bible readers know that left-handed people are less favored by God.
We know that Jesus Christ sits to the “right hand of the Father.”
We also know that on judgment day, the Son of Man will separate the good from the evil — the good to His right and the evil to his left:
‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ (Matthew 25:31–36)
And when Moses parted the Red Sea to deliver the Israelites from the pursuing Egyptians, we can only assume he used his dominant hand — his right — which also held his wooden staff.
Despite what the Bible says, The Adobo Chronicles does not believe that God discriminates against left-handed people, so Pacquiao should not discriminate against LGBTs and those who do not agree with his religious opinions.