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Christians must treat the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender with grace

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By Walter Lisutsa | December 18th 2015

It is impressive to see the debate on Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) gaining momentum in our society. 

Many are coming out of the closet to disclose the rather abnormal realities about their lives. Whenever they speak, they emphasise on the values of tolerance, justice and love which seem to be short in supply in our society at least for now.

However, what surprises me is the apparent attempt to forcefully interpret the Bible in a manner that accommodates LGBT. To a sincere and open minded person of average intelligence, the Bible’s position on homosexuality is plain and expressly stated: It’s wicked and filthy before the Lord. In fact, in all instances where homosexuality is mentioned in the Bible, none is positive. In the book of Genesis, homosexuality is recorded as one of the reasons why Sodom and Gomorrah were obliterated by God. In the New Testament, the apostle Paul expressly states, “Do not be deceived neither; fornicators….nor homosexuals will inherit the kingdom of God”. (1st Cor. 6:9). It matters not what name we use to identify these sexual orientations, they all go against the natural order as ordained by God the creator.

The position of God in the Bible on the same is conspicuously clear. The sophistic interpretation of the Bible as to condone homosexuality is open deception.

However, Christians must be keen to realise that the God who condemns homosexuality is the same who abhors fornication and adultery in the same measure. He does expect us to be kind to all and avoid judging even the vilest of the offenders. The response of Jesus towards Mary of Magdalla when she was brought before Him and accused of adultery should guide our attitude too. 

It is appalling to see men and women of the collar advocate for the killing and incarceration of the homosexuals. They forget that God, much as he hates sin, does not force anyone into his Kingdom. This is well demonstrated in the parable of the prodigal son where the father, who represents God, does not use his privileged position to stop the son from going away even though he was aware the decision was wrong. Though he does not agree with his decision, the father gives the son his share of riches and the freedom to choose what he wants. In Col.4:5-6 apostle Paul urges us to conduct ourselves with wisdom towards those who do not share our beliefs. When the bible says that we should have nothing do with them, it essentially means that they remain objects of God’s grace. Through our interaction with them we should take every opportunity to glorify God, by speaking to and treating them with grace just as Jesus would do.

Personally I am yet to find a Christian who was converted through condemnation. The truth remains that we are in a secular state where many other sins are permissible. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!

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