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The Word of God clearly teaches us to worship Christ instead of worship the local religious faiths and cultures which were in many cases linked to sexual acts. To state that the bible “clearly’ teaches us concerning sexuality or sexual orientation is abusing the bible. It does teach us not to indulge in the sexual religious practices, for the Word of God leads us to worshiping the true God. The commandments have as its basis, loving God with all our heart, soul, and strength in the affirmation that the Lord our God is ONE ie not made up of the many different prevailing Gods. When we read OT biblical commandments, it is very often in response to the specific practices of idol worship. It has nothing to do with Gay sexual orientation. We should never make the bible into our own image or theology because we will water down the truth concerning Christ as Lord and Savior. If we start using the bible to twist it to fit our theology, we deny the deep truths contained within.
Jesus defended the dignity not of all “individuals” contrary to the claim by Pastor Rick Warren, he defended those that mainstream society rejected and despised as outcasts – such as the poor, the widow, the divorcee, the sick, the tax collectors, and the prostitutes. He came against the very religious Pharisees that Rick Warren now represents, who used the Law to condemned the outcasts as unclean and threatened to stone them to death. Jesus responded to the religious conservatives wanting to stone the prostitute to death – declaring that he who is without sin cast the first stone. The Pharisees knew that although they were outwardly moral and righteous, but they have many hidden sins from the public eye. They were no better and indeed may be far worse than the prostitute.
Jesus never gave or defended the dignity of the religious conservative leaders, who led people astray by demanding the strictest compliance to the law which nobody can adhere too, whilst they themselves broke the very basic laws. Jesus called them while washed tombs, and never did he dignify their hypocrisy, and evil intent. We should also never dignity the Fundamentalist Christians, to engage in conversation, or give their arguments any credit. Jesus stood up to them in the strongest manner, so should we.
Are Uganda Christians so righteous that they do no sin? That they now demand gays be persecuted and killed? There is no precedence in the bible for persecuting gays – for when Jesus spoke about Moses reaffirming marriage, it was not talking about sex outside marriage because at least one of the parties were married. How can this teaching be misconstrued to apply to gays when it is talking about straight people having adulterous affairs even though married and insisting on divorce, and when gay people are not allowed to get married. To blame gays for having sex outside marriage, whilst not allowing them to get married, is vile hypocrisy.
Moses never wrote that marriage is “intended” to be between one man and one woman contrary to the assertion by Pastor Rick Warren, for the context and question asked was instead to Jesus in Mat 19:3 and was about divorce – they asked Him “is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife....”. Jesus was only responding to the context which is a straight marriage stating that divorce should not occur and highlighted that Moses agreed to issue the certificate of divorce ie giving legal sanction to their divorce because of the hardness of their hearts. The question whether gays are allowed to get married was not asked nor was it an affirmation that marriage was to be between a man and a woman only. To impose a question not asked is to add to the Word of God which is sin.
It is not biblical for Rick Warren to declare that “Moses wrote that marriage is intended to be between one man and one woman” when Moses himself had more than one wife, so did Abraham, David, Solomon, all the Patriarchs of the bible.
Are Uganda Christians so righteous that they do not sin? Are the straight people so righteous that they do not have polygamy, adultery, abortion, or divorces? Jesus was annoyed by their self righteousness based on the letter of the law (ie legalized divorce by Moses), which allows the man to simply divorce the wife to leave her to a life of misery and without support, that He imposed another law that he who divorces the wife and marries another woman is committing an adultery, which implies that most man were sinners since they had more than one wife. Women were considered as property and treated as such with no consideration of their rights. It was the women prostitute that was persecuted and not the man who was essentially the far greater sinner by having the many wives and divorcing them and using the services of the prostitute.
If the Ugandan Christians were so insistent upon the righteousness by bible laws, and for Gays to be persecuted, put in jail and executed, they should then also mandate the death penalty for both adultery, polygamy, and divorce to be strictly biblical. The Uganda Christians appear no different than the Jewish religious Pharisees – a heart so hardened by their own self righteous that they start an anti-gay crusade to kill gay people. Perhaps, they had little conscience left after the hundreds of thousands killed in civil wars with blood on their own hands. A few more dead gays would probably make no difference, but perhaps crossed the line for God to impose judgment even on a Christian nation. May God have mercy on Uganda whatever their decision is and may they return to true Christian biblical faith before it is too late.