I write this in my capacity as a South African citizen. But above all I write this as an Ambassador of Christ Jesus on earth. I have been reading articles and following up on the Ugandan anti-gay bill story as it unfolds. The story in itself is NOT of high interest to me compared to cause and basis of putting such a bill into effect. I have been observing, trying to establish the basis of such a bill. What necessitates such a “cleansing”? Could it be tribal or faith based influences? More so I have been trying to establish the voice of the “Christian community” in the matter. What is the Body of Christ in the area and around the world saying?
Let me start by establishing my position; I am a heterosexual born again African man. I disagree with homosexuality like any other sin in the Bible. I believe that it is the sickness of the soul not the flesh like any other sin. I also believe that homosexuality is no greater than any other sin, and that Christ Jesus at the cross became homosexuality and not a homosexual so that through Him the homosexual could become the righteousness of God. He became all manner of sin so that all manner of sinners could become the righteousness of God through Him. If they confess Him and believe He is Lord and Saviour.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (Amplified Bible)
“For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].”
He became each soul’s private and public sin. He became the moral sin that ate away each person’s dignity and the He became the hidden sins of character that disfigure integrity. I am NOT advocating for homosexuality and never will but am however against unrighteous judgement “condemnation” of the sinner just because the judge sins/sinned differently from his/her accused.
On past centuries in primitive empires such as that of Constantine people have been forcefully subjected to Christian dictatorship; Forced by other people who professed to be doing the will or the work of God. The false conversion of Constantine is one classic example where the Christian faith was held accountable for the bloodshed of many who would not be converted by forced. History also attests that through that period in rebellion new anti-Christ religions were born as a result of “forced cleansing”.
This article is not against the Body of Christ as if She did something wrong. However her silence in the Ugandan time of need is bothersome. Some would argue that the crisis in Uganda is a civilian matter and thus should not be made the Church’s pursuit.
2 Timothy 2:4 (Amplified Bible)
“No soldier when in service gets entangled in the enterprises of [civilian] life; his aim is to satisfy and please the one who enlisted him.”
If then that is the case as ambassadors for Christ preaching the reconciliation between man and God. Is it not our duty to declare the position of our Government as representatives on this earthly kingdom, especially in this case? Do we have an offensive governmental strategy to reconciliation or is it defensive? As I had earlier mentioned that the basis of the Ugandan government’s decree is unknown to me at the moment.
Before we act; do we first wait for Christianity to be accused for being the basis of imprisoning, beating and even murder of people just because they sinned differently from their oppressors? Are we not supposed to be declaring the position of our Heavenly Father’s Kingdom in that matter, as chosen ambassadors now? Are we not supposed to be declaring that God is not interested in a person dying in sin; instead He is interested in repentance from sin?
Ezekiel 18:21 (Amplified)
“But if the wicked man turns from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all My statutes and does which is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die”
It does not matter if the Ugandan constitution is founded upon communism, dictatorship or democratic rule. It is the responsibility of the Church on earth worldwide to establish the Kingdom of Heaven’s Theocratic rule which is above all other rules. In the Kingdom of God both prisoner and jailer need God, both President and ordinary citizen are the same and both poor and rich strive to please Him. We need to bring clarity to the situation as the Body of Christ. We are needed to bring understanding to the Ugandan government that earthly positions of power are not sovereign to the soul. Less yada yada and more action, we are needed.
Who kills the Ugandan lying official? Who kills the corrupt ones? Who kills the one drunk with power? Who kills the killer? Man is not one another’s standards but God is the standard we all ought to be subscribing to.
I believe it is the responsibility of the Church to rebuke the Ugandan government as it evident that the most basic truth has become a fundamental layer missing in its foundation. It is also our responsibility to preach, teach and disciple the people of Uganda about the Truth of Christ that sets the soul free from sin. It is time for reformation and renewal of minds not just in Uganda but in all countries in Africa.
Anele Nele Matshisi