Should gays be stoned?

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Hello MSB Family! The much anticipated Saturday is finally here. I hope you are already having a wonderful weekend. Today on MSB, we will be doing something new which I’m finding quite exciting. Today’s post is an highly interactive one that was written by someone that wishes to remain anonymous. I would like for you to not only read it but also share your thoughts below. Let’s hear from you and learn from you. And kindly share the article too. Let’s make this family bigger and better, shall we? 

Enjoy!
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I was having a conversation with my brother the other day. Here’s how it went:

Me: Femi do you hate people who are gay?

Femi: Now why would I?

Me: Errr because Christianity does not approve of it. It’s clearly stated in the book of Leviticus and some other bible passages.

Femi: Well the bible says we should not work on Sundays and yet we have people going about their normal activities. Yes I hate the act but I cannot judge one by his sexual preference, I can only hope and pray they find peace with God

Me: I agree with you

Femi: It beats me how society does not give them equal rights and freedom just because of their sexual orientation.

                                                       YOUR OPINION?

Growing up in an African community, we have always been told what’s right or wrong in God’s eye from the first day we could differentiate between evil and good. Yes! We were told homosexuality was the devil’s incarnation bestowed upon us humans as a means of getting to us. I really don’t want to base this topic on my very own opinion or religion so I will try to diversify it. I will base this topic on religion as it is what keeps most of us going and well, what most of us use a yardstick for moral behavior.

THE BIBLE

Homosexuality dates back to the bible. Yes, I was also shocked when I came across it too. Here is a verse from Romans…

‘’For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”
Romans 1:26-27 (NKJV)

Homosexuality, like all other types of immoral behaviour, has no place in the family of God. Regardless of what modern promoters of “gay liberation” might wish to believe, sexual perversions are not inherited genetically but rather are learned behaviors and sins. Like alcoholism and other such sins of the flesh, they may become very difficult to give up for those who have been enslaved by them, but God is able to give freedom to any who sincerely desire true freedom and salvation.

Funny enough, something’s were also said about homosexuality in the Quran.

Qur’an (26:165-166)“Of all the creatures in the world, will ye approach males, “And leave those whom Allah has created for you to be your mates? Nay, ye are a people transgressing”

Qur’an (4:16)“If two men among you are guilty of lewdness, punish them both. If they repent and amend, leave them alone” 

LOVE THE SINNER, HATE THE SIN?

What do you think?

I personally think the greatest gift you can give anyone is the gift of love. Regardless of the religion you belong to, love is the greatest gift your creator has given you. No matter the gratitude of sin: be it stealing, lying, sin is sin and there is no magnitude or degree too high for a particular sin. Your way of life should be upright and not judgmental and then maybe, just maybe people can then look up to you.

Since religion condemns homosexuality, then we have to hope that a man or a woman with homosexual feelings will ask for the grace to set aside those feelings since it’s against God’s laws. That’s if the person believes in God and his laws though. If s/he does, s/he shall resist his/her feelings, maintain abstinence, use all available resources of help including medical, social and behavioral therapies to overcome his/her behavior and feelings. Prayer is an important tool that can help her/him get over it and submit totally to God’s law that sees homosexuality as gross sin. It might not be easy but with God’s help, it’s achievable.

So those are my two cents. I would really like to hear your thoughts on this.

Here are some questions to help you get started:

Do you think homosexuality actually has a biological cause?

Do you think homosexual people should be given equal rights or that might just encourage them?

Do you think condemning homosexual people would help them change or only further push them away from plausible change?

How do you really think we can help homosexual people or people with homosexual inclinations?

Your opinions please 🙂
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16 Comments
  • bose
    August 30, 2014

    Love is the only thing thatcan break sin not hate.

    • Oluwamayowa Depo Oyedokun
      August 30, 2014

      IKR! Hate is never the answer to anything. The greatest commandment God gave to us humans is to love including loving our neighbors just as ourselves. And to me, our neighbors are every one of his creatures on earth, including those that don’t even believe in him. So Homosexual people are part of our neighbors and its only by loving them, that we can bring them to the knowledge of the truth which are the words of God. Instead of condemning them, doing holier than thou, we should be talking about God and more importantly, showing them love. The kind of love that will make them want to know about this God you are talking about.

      Like the author said, sin is sin and us telling lies is no different from homosexual sin. What all of us need are mercy and grace. And that’s what we should be asking on behalf of these people. Should we condone the act? Never! But we should never condemn them as we have been commanded through love to love the sinner but hate the sin. So we should really be letting them know that God is not condemning them but the act. God is not looking at them like they are filth but is opening his arms wide, waiting for them to come and receive the gift of salvation he is offering. He is ready to redeem them with his love and erase all their past sins just like he erases ours when we fall short of his glory and ask for mercy. If we make them feel like they will burn right in hell, truth is, they might never accept Jesus if they feel he doesn’t already love them. So please, while talking to them, be careful not to condemn them but pull them in to Christ through your love.

      About having a genetic predisposition to homosexuality, I am strongly against that belief and i only think people use that to justify it. We were born male and female and God clearly set the order for marriage and relationships when he created Eve to be Adam’s companion instead of another man in Genesis. Besides, no matter how much a guy tries to be like a lady through surgery, social learning e.t.c and vice-versa, certain behavioral traits will always differentiate them. And I don’t think gays should be allowed to get married because marriage is a sacred institution created by God for the joining of a man and woman. If you Gay and you are reading this, know that you are loved and God is smilingly waiting for you.

      • oyinda
        August 30, 2014

        It’s really about hormones Mayowa. Some of them have maybe more testosterone or oestrogen and that makes them desire the same sex more. Biology has something to do with it. It all boils down to His grace.

        • Oluwamayowa Depo Oyedokun
          August 31, 2014

          I’m not saying there might not be a biological explanation but even that does not provide a reason for you to be gay in my opinion. We can arguably say there are other people that are having hormonal imbalance yet we don’t see them saying ‘they are naturally gay’. It’s an individual choice which is aided by social learning and biology. But like you said, it’s grace that we need.

          • The One That Objects To Everything
            August 31, 2014

            That’s like saying you’re disregarding the biological explanaton of why you’re black skinned.. There are ppl who hate blacks just because of it. I don’t blelieve God wants us to help him pick and choose what kind of lifestyle he dispises. We humans are independent thinkers, our opinions are just opinions. 1 Corinthians 10:31

            • Oluwamayowa Depo Oyedokun
              September 1, 2014

              HE doesnt want us to help him pick because he doesn’t need us to help him pick. He has explicitly stated the kind of lifestyle he wants us to live in the Bible. But as his ambassadors on earth, we should be able to help point out to someone that’s going in the wrong way. Ofcourse not doing that feeling like we are superior but doing that in love and humility. It’s kind of like being your brother’s keeper.

              • The One That Objects To Everything
                September 1, 2014

                Excellent point! Only that in our present day society, its very difficult to practice what we preach especially when it has to do with matters like these.

          • oyinda
            August 31, 2014

            True.

  • The One That Objects To Everything
    August 30, 2014

    Its okay if you don’t like them. Nobody does anyways, except for the likes. Genetics account for 40% of someone being homosexual. I like the fact you brought the bible into this.. The book is made up of stories and laws. Laws all humanity is said to abide by. But like your brother knows, 90% of the laws are what we don’t regard today. Like I told you before, if we are to follow the bible’s laws to the letter, we both would have been dead long time! Its okay if you’re not a particular kind of person, as long as u don’t chug it on people’s faces

  • Martha
    August 30, 2014

    With regard to Homosexuals, It is a pertinent issue that we all must be concerned about and a serious issue that deserves attention which needs to be addressed. From my own point of view, Homosexuals should not be treated in a different manner. Honestly speaking, I have no problem with homosexuals. I do not discriminate against them, I treat them equally. The same thing should be followed by the society. It is totally unfair to speak against homosexuals. They are humans for Christ’s sake. Moreover, the law stipulates that all men should be treated the same equally and fairly regardless of race, colour or whatsoever. Why treat homosexuals differently? Homosexuality is something that cannot be controlled, some of them cant even help it. Therefore it is important for homosexuals to be accepted by society in order not for them to feel isolated and condemned. Most importantly, society should not condemn homosexuals. If you’ve got issues with homosexuals, I reckon you pray for them rather than discriminating against them.

    • Oluwamayowa Depo Oyedokun
      August 30, 2014

      Lol! Martha, you are starting to sound just like a lawyer. I don’t know about giving them equal rights cause that might just encourage them but I do know they should not be condemned. It’s good you don’t have a problem with them and it’s good you are suggesting we pray for them, but in addition to that, we should also try to lovingly bring them to Christ.

  • oyinda
    August 30, 2014

    Don’t judge people because they sin differently from the way you do. The homosexual acts are still the same degree of sin as the minor ‘white’ lies we tell daily. Most people judge them because it’s a disgusting thing to imagine in the bedroom, but really, God is disgusted at every sin.
    They are normal human beings with just a different preference which in the biblical context is very wrong. We can only help them by praying not treating them differently or pushing them. You can’t tell a gay person not to be gay and they’ll listen. They’ve made it a natural yearning so we should just pray that God makes them see it as unnatural and that they see the error in their ways so to speak.

  • Michael
    October 12, 2014

    We should not judge others based on their sexual orientation because it is not our place to. When a person hates gay people it shows that one has hatred deep within him or her which could later turn violent.

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