The Freedom to Love Again

The Rape of Nanking occurred in Dec 1939, for a period of 6 weeks, perhaps 80,000 women were raped. The Japanese Foreign minister Koki Hirota received a telegram from the Manchester Guardian correspondent who wrote: of “convincing proof [that] Japanese Army behaved and [is] continuing [to] behave in [a] fashion reminiscent [of] Attila [and] his Huns.” If we were to interpret literally the event as do many fundamentalist Christians on gay sex in Letivicus, then we would have come to a conclusion that Heterosexual sex was a sin. We have forgotten the motive which was war and humiliation. This outrageous interpretation is not to discount that the event did literally happened, or that the bible is correct, but to show that our interpretation on homosexuality of the bible concentrating on the act alone as sin is unwise and do no credit to the “learned” reverends. When we have a simplistic view of the bible without seeing the intent whether the relationships were controlling, abusive, manipulate, or mutually life giving, we take away the freedom of people.

The days of Attila and his Huns includes the custom of man raping man to subjugate them just as the women on Nanking were raped! The days of Ancient Israel includes the religious practice of straight man having sex even with man out of religious duty and against their natural self. Their worship of their “gods” were so faithful until they were willing to have sex with men because just having open sex with women was simply not sufficient to appease the gods.The men would need to perform “extra service” to appease the gods even through they had continuous hedonistic sex orgies with women after women. To reflect this as somehow a Christian or biblical teaching against Gays for loving the same sex, and not out of religious duty or subjugating the conquered is outrageous just as if one claims that the Rape of Nanking could justify that Heterosexuality was Sin. Sodom and Gammorah existed, so to did the Massacre at Nanking and the stories of Exodus from Egypt. These are reflection of the extremes of religion, and of man’s inhumanity to man but in the midst of it all, God's abounding grace and mercy.

(Gal 5:1 NKJV) Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

The Ex-gay groups now preached “freedom”, the freedom from homosexuality, but why not the freedom from heteroseuxality since 95% of the prostitution is between man and women to such an extent it is a public display of women lining up in the streets of Geylang. We take the microscope to see the slightest “sin” in others even the mere mention in television of a loving gay couple provokes outrage from Christian Fundamentalist and their support from their nominated MP. We put the yoke of the letter of the Law for Gays irrespective whether they were Christians or non Christians, even when we do not follow both the Jewish moral and religious laws that we insist and put the burden on gays to follow. From my last visit to St. Andrews Cathedral or the Mega Churches in Expo or Suntec, I clearly did not see the Jewish temple erected to the precise measurements and constructions as mandated by the bible!. If they were biblical, as they insist, surely the basics must be followed!.

We have put gays into such a great bondage of not having the freedom to be who they are in terms of their sexual orientation. We make absurd comparisons with sex with dead animals or sex with minors, but not compared with the vast majority of men having sex with women which is natural for straight people. And within this bondage, we have created much conflict, pain and sorrows, and the lost of their lives to having a relationship. We have put regret, sorrow, condemnation and a guilt trip to such an extent that we made it a choice between Jesus and being Gay. There is a call for freedom, it comes from the cross, the freedom for the oppressed, freedom for the outcasts, to declare the year of the Jubilee. There are three freedoms which I believe that God is bringing to the GLBT community -

1. Freedom to Love Again

(Lev 25:54 NKJV) 'And if he is not redeemed in these years, then he shall be released in the Year of Jubilee; he and his children with him.

The more extreme and religious we are, the more we look at lives with disdain. It does not matter how many lives we destroyed or wounded as long as we maintained our theological position. We justify and rationalise our stance on account of marching or fighting for God. We take away the hope from people, and the freedom to love. But I believe that God is restoring that freedom for His Gay people to love again. We may have been fighting against God all this while just as Saul fought against God.

There is a call and a march for freedom all over the world, out from the blood stained concerntration camps of Auschwitz where gays were being killed by Hitler, where they wore a pink triangle, to the pride marches in Jerusalem, Sydney, and San Francisco. It is a call to freedom, the freedom to love, and to accept ourselves again as precious and created beautifully in the sight of God. It is more than 50 years passed from Auschwitz and God is moving round the world to release the prisoners that Christians have put in bondage because of our self righteouness and religiosity.

2. Freedom to know God

(Mat 12:7 NKJV) "But if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless.
(Mat 12:8 NKJV) "For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."

When Jesus came, the religious fundamentalist of the day quoted the bible to condemn Jesus of failing to make the grade!. They claimed by the Law that He was a sinner and deserved to be killed because He claimed Himself to be God. In every religion, very few have dared to claim to be God, but Jesus alone claimed He is God and is from God the Father. They did not understand the nature of God, that of mercy and not of the religious outward action of ceremonial sacrifice. We go to church each week, but when we see Jesus, do we recognized Him, or would we rise up in our religious zeal to kill the Messiah just as the Jews did. In Singapore, we have an outward form of religious zeal and practices but less of the inward change to reflect the heart of God, the mercy, the heart of Grace. We are so eager to condemn what we do not understand instead of giving grace. We put our religious practices and laws above the basic needs of the gay tribe to know God and make them choose between their sexual orientation and God. We have got our priorities wrong and great evil have we committed without repentance against man and God. About a group of 100 religious leaders marched alongside the gay and Lesbian Community in Sydney Mardi Gras for the first time, and in a moment of great humility and regret declared -

“As ministers of various churches and denominations we recognise that the churches we belong to, and the church in general, have not been places of welcome for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people,” “For these things we apologise. We are deeply sorry and ask the forgiveness of the GBLT community.”

The church is in a postion of decision, to loosen the bondage, and to give freedom to the Gay community to know God. However, Jesus have been waiting for 2000 years since the Eunuch visited Jerusalem to find out about the Messiah. The Gay seeker would not go home again dissapointed that God has seemingly rejected him/her, and whether the church apologize or not, the time is almost up, and God will soon march alongside the Gay and Lesbian Community to declare their year of Jubilee. Will God march passed His Church? It is so easy to have the move of God passed the mainstream christian church and to live in the dark ages and wonder why God is not moving in our lives and church setting.

3. Freedom to achieve our destiny.

(Isa 44:2 NKJV) Thus says the LORD who made you And formed you from the womb, who will help you: 'Fear not, O Jacob My servant; And you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
(Isa 44:3 NKJV) For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring;

When the news of a new MCC church in Malaysia came to being, there were comments from Pastors that being Gay and Christian is difficult if not nearly impossible under the current circumstances and strong condemnation within the church and therefore the inherent struggles between their faith and sexuality. The Gay Christians in Malaysia have waited so long. I saw many of them in tears during the service. They were no thirsty and have been longing for decades to see this. And God is a faithful God and will not dissapoint those who had waited in faith to see the faithfullness of God whilst they were still alive, and to drink of the water of the move of the Spirit of God in the Gay community in Malaysia. They had sufferred so much, but had remained faithful and still abiding in their faith in the midst of the chorus of condemnation. But through it all, they too have been transformed from glory to glory and molded through the trials of fire.

When we are able to accept ourselves, we start on the road to achieving the destinity that God has created us for. Even the pain, the traumas, and the tears we have suffered for the past 50 years, God could and would used, if we put Him first. Our lives are not lost, nothing is lost when we put faith in a God who cannot but create something beautiful out of nothing. Many have lamented their lives as Gays of the suffering and the rejection they have been through.

(John 8:36 NKJV) "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

I believe that God has a great purpose for it all, for creating you as a gay person. Through your experience, if it is used wisely, will be a great blessing to others. You have a destiny. It is hard to live with regret, and to blame oneself, and to go over and over again with "what ifs" as if you have made the right choice you would have been happier. But you can choose today, to accept your orientation as god given, and the joys in life will come as you walk by faith, all these joys God will give to you and much more.

At the end the point of grace is found in Christ when we have by faith in His Love, and come to a place of

Ø Freedom to accept ourselves
Ø Freedom to know God,
Ø Freedom to move on towards our destiny.

Yes, we have a choice, and freedom is his name. When we give others the freedom, we too are blessed. On the contrary, if we come against freedom, we too suffer and indeed put ourselves in allegience with evil. The Evil one hates Jews and Gays. In Nazi Germany, it was not Christians whom Hitler persecuted. The Christians actually joined in the bandwagon to suport Hitler. When we come against Gays and Jews, there is a Spirit behind this, and we are walking in path of great spiritual darkness. Hitler tried to exterminate Jews and Gays. As a results millions died, not just in concentration camps but the victims of war.

Gays had their freedom and lives quenched in the concentration camps. But their blood cries out, just as the blood of Abel cries out to God for justice. Fifty years, a jubilee of sorts, from the 1990s, we see the same issues being debated - Jews and Gays. God has called for their release before the Kings of the Nations - from the Jews returning to their homeland, and gays getting the same basic rights. And countries have been blessed when they give freedom to gays. Look at the economies of Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, and Britain in contrast to those on the other extreme who hunt them down and kill gays, and put them in jails in the religious extremism of Lagos and Tehran. These countries remained poor, corrupt and oppressive despite having incredible natural resources and a religious claim to high morality. The call today for Singapore, is a call for freedom, for great blessings await us when we heed the call from the heavens above. On the contrary, when we restrict freedom, we bear judgement for justice must prevailed for the blood of gays killed by institutionalized violence for the last two thousand years cries out and we have a righteousness God who will answer their cry. It's not a matter of living in the dark ages as quoted by a Pastor of a mega church but desiring to be in God's will and move for this nation. There is nothing more tragic than a church in name only but having none of the power and presence of God.

Never forget that when we give others Freedom, we too shall receive it. When we do not fight for freedom, we too will ultimately loose our own Freedom.

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