Firstly, I hear that the political parties have endorsed law reform on abortion.I don’t know whether I should be happy or not because their action will open doors for reform to other unfriendly laws including scraping laws that criminalizes homosexuality making a stop to prosecution and jailing of people because of their sexual orientation.
Of course from spiritual angle it will bring them closer in the church for repentance and salvation without fear.
I don’t know whether political parties know or not that they have tied a rope round their necks for endorsing law reform on abortion as it will be hard to say no to decriminalization of homosexuality.
Whether they endorsed with consciousness or not, but what they have done is sanctioning murdering of infant babies.
Those who are true worshippers know that this will definitely bring down curse and judgment upon the nation, unless we repent.
A God fearing nation must never be part and parcel of such a project which support killing of life. We need to preserve and protect life at whatever stage and in whatever cirmustancses -“Right to life”.
Coming to the subject, the bible teaches us Jesus never threw a stone at sinners, He never closed out to those in need of mercy and help. In John 8:3-7 the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery to Jesus. He challenged them while writing down that who is with no sin among them be the first to throw a stone at her. But having arrived as self-righteous, arrogant, executioners, the Holy Spirit humbled them by making them see that they were no more innocent than the woman. Jesus then said I do not condemn you woman“go and sin no more “.
What all this comes down to is we, as Christians acting like Jesus must protect the weak. We need to change our priorities and focus on more critical issues of communicating love, compassion and acceptance to people especially the very people our society so often ostracizes, condemn and rejects.
Going back to the debate of homosexuality, it is not about me and what I believe. It is about us as true Christians learning to care about what Jesus cares about. This is not about gay rights. It is about acceptance of the marginalized in society, it is about us having the courage to stand with those who are vulnerable. It is about us saying “No” to hate and homophobia,“No”, especially when it is done in the name of God. It is about having the guts to draw a line in the sand like Jesus did. Even when that means facing that mob ourselves, Just like Jesus!.
As Christians let us stand with the marginalized, those who are weak, those rejected. We should never run away from those who need our protection. Let us bring those we call worst sinners to know God .Let them know they are loved and when we do that we will find that Jesus has been there with them for a long time.
- Undule Mwakasungula, the former director of Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and now a human rights columnist on Nyasa Times