My country’s debate on homosexuality has been emotional and negative. Our emotions have misled us even think that the word of God is not premised on love, tolerance and co-existence. And recent legalization of same sex marriage in America has raised more fears that the Americans as usual will force us to do the same.
My mentor in Christ Pastor Elijah Chisiza whom I have debated many times on the issue of homosexuality said in one of his many inspiring teachings that he does not see any problem with US legislation as long as that does not affect us believers in serving our true GOD.
You might agree with my Pastor as I do that what has happened in America should not bother us at all. Why worried with something we had little influence to curtail? Why the cry now? What I know is that pro-gay movements and supporters are very strong, vibrant, solid and well connected. They have an agenda and purpose to achieve. While believers in anti-gay voice are scattered, weak with no clear purpose to sustain themselves. Their voice in resistance to homosexuality is in wilderness with no impact at all. Believers need to go back to the drawing board, they need to ask for GODs voice otherwise they will keep on crying and chasing the shadows.
But my question has always been why are we so homophobic to homosexuals? Did Jesus not come to save lost souls, did Jesus ever reject sinners? Why this hatred, anger, discrimination, violence, exclusion against homosexuals? Are homosexual’s worse sinners than those adulterers, drunkards, smokers, drug users, thieves, those witches, wizards and satanists we nurture in our religious circles? My straight answer is NO!
As one of the believers I strongly stand to reach out to them with compassion and without making their sexuality an issue. Under no cirmustancses should we separate ourselves from them as long as it does not mean partaking of their sin and this should apply to all other non-believers.
In my spiritual being I have not taken homosexuality the principal issue, the issue is lack of relationship with GOD. I don’t see them as evil sinners because they are homosexuals but that they are homosexuals because they are sinners and that Jesus Christ paid for every sin in their lives.
I believe it is against the will of God to victimise, persecute and advocate homosexuals should be killed just because of their orientation instead of helping them. GOD’s word is the light and must guide us in finding solutions to homosexuality not only in Malawi but worldwide. Certainly putting them in jail, condemning them to death or excluding them from active society will never be a solution. Homosexuals are human being first before their sexuality.
Brethren let us reflect on our position on homosexuals like all other marginalized groups. Look at them as children of God as you are. I therefore leave you with the message of compassion and love.
- The author is former Executive Director of Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and now a Nyasa Times columnist