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?
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.
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.
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?