CHRISTIANITY, HOMOSEXUALITY AND HOMOPHOBIA-tolerance without compromise


The issue of homosexuality and same sex marriage is one that has been at the forefront of Christian discussions, both on personal levels and on the church community level, and this is understandable because in our society, never has the issue of same sex marriage been more accepted and practiced than it is being done today, and never has the general acceptance of homosexuality been more radically campaigned for, its activists and practitioners seeming to grow larger in numbers every day.

I believe that the normalization of same sex marriage as a sinless activity seems to be an insult greatest of all to the church and the body of Christ,  because it takes a direct assault at the very principles and rules of living and interaction that God gave to us to follow as is seen in the bible, in different verses.

The church also seems to be on a sort of spotlight as it reacts to this issue, as the populace seem to be very much interested in what the church as a collective body would say, with a lot of people certainly wishing that somehow the church as the body of Christ would bend all of its teachings and approve this new wrong trend as acceptable. Obviously, the church has a lot of say, and a large part to play on how this new controversial movement of same sex marriage would ultimately play out in the long run.

Homosexuality is a sin, and I am not even here to preach this message again to anyone, and if you’re a Christian and you’re beginning to have doubts as to if homosexuality is really frowned upon by God, or if it really is a sin, then all I’d say is that you need to revisit your bible with a lot more diligence and do some digging of your own, because not I nor anybody else should point out the wrong of this practice to you, but rather, let the holy bible do this work.

I have something else in mind for today, and that is not going to hover around shouting on the evil of homosexuality, or discussing how we should collectively work to see that the movement for same sex marriage is thwarted (though we should collectively work to see that the movement for same sex marriage is thwarted). I want to talk about the other side of this picture that many Christians neglect to observe as they allow their ‘holy’ anger towards the issue of homosexuality to overwhelm them, and this is the issue of homophobia .

A cancerous issue so deceptive that it can be fully camouflaged as good, so that the person exhibiting this tendencies doesn’t even for once know how terribly evil it is, doesn’t even realize that it is wrong in its own sole practice, and doesn’t feel the slightest bit of conscience pricking at him, because somehow he has convinced himself about the righteousness of his act, when his act is in reality, even more filthy than the practice of homosexuality (for those who like to compare sins on some invisible scale of bad and worse, looking for which sin is better than the other).

In many parts of the world, it is not hard to find a populace that is so filled with rage towards the very thought of homosexual relationships that it has often times resorted into violence towards people who are suspected, often times not even confirmed, but just suspected to be gays, lesbians or bisexuals. There is an extremely hostile public resentment towards the very thought of homosexuality, that one of the worst thing to call a guy as an insult is ‘faggot’ and the most difficult thing to do is to openly acknowledge that you’re homosexual, whether as a male or female. You can get killed for it.

People have gotten killed for it, verbally abused and assaulted, and  others have been horribly lynched for it, not by any recognized legal system, but by the society’s jungle justice system, while in some other places, this people actually have the backing of their law, and this approval makes me wonder;

“Does fighting against homosexuality suddenly make hatred and physical abuse the right thing to do? Is there any sin or situation that makes violence an accepted thing to inflict on such defaulting sinner?”

And it is at moments like this when the pain from hearing about or watching a suspected person being assaulted by the angry populace hits me, that I begin to despise anti-gay laws, and desire for the total legalization of same sex marriage, at least to protect the LGBT community completely by the law, but then I get the check within me, and I see the total picture for what it is.

note that when those moments of pain pass, I realize that the best way to tackle this issue oppression is not by legalizing same sex marriage.

You see, the devil (I hope you believe in the existence of the devil cos he’s as real as this words on your screen right now are), is who I’d like to call the grandest evil master planner ever. He knows how to make one thing lead to another; he knows how to create an evil counter reaction from an evil reaction, just to expand his big evil scheme. What’s my point exactly?

That the movement for legalizing gay marriage and emancipating homosexuals from their perceived suppression wouldn’t even exist if homophobia didn’t exist in the first place! And homophobia is found greatly amongst the Christian society. Maybe we should stop to reflect on the fact  that our actions of homophobia might have motivated the growth of homosexuality, with them finding strength in our anger.

Whatever happened to hating the sin and loving the sinner? Why is it so hard for us to draw a vivid distinction between the sin and the sinner when it comes to the issue of homosexuality? Who told you that homosexuality is different from heterosexual immorality? Won’t they be judged the same way? Aren’t they all sin? Maybe it’s our attachment of too much importance on the issue of homosexuality that the devil is playing on, to cause so much distraction by making us get into so much into our feels that we begin to loose the battle by not praying, not being spiritually vigilante, and allowing hatred to creep into our hearts and contaminate our goodness.

It’s sad to see most times that the only teams one can join when dealing with the issue of homosexuality is either pro-homosexuality/I support homosexuality, and homosexuals,  or complete anti-homosexuality/anti-homosexuals/ I don’t support homosexuals or homosexuality, but I hate them with passion.

There’s no team in this battle that is preaching tolerance without compromise

No! God doesn’t hate homosexuals! He loves them the same way he loves you, so you better deal with it. You’re not even supposed to be indifferent to homosexuals; you’re supposed to love them.

So dear Christian, next time you see a gay person, before you squeeze your face and throw spittle in disgust, remind your heart that your Christ loves them and died for them too, and you can’t ever win them over by hating them, for love has always been what conquers. Consider giving that lesbian lady a hug the way you cheerfully gave others around, and smile to that gay teen too.

Be sure to remind yourself too that homosexuality is a sin, and so you’d do what you’re supposed to do for every sinner, you pray for them. Remind yourself always that you have not been given the right to judge or condemn anybody, not even the gay boy or girl, but at the same time, you should stand in your Christian place of authority and ensure that the gates of hell do not prevail in the society, under the disguise of promoting same sex marriage.

Thank you for reading, hope the message was clear?

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