Ugandan Government and Christians are hypocritical.

For those who don’t know, the Ugandan Government has proposed a death penalty for all gays living with HIV and still practising homosexuality. Timesonline reports that: “The Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009 is going through Uganda’s Parliament after receiving its first reading last month. According to Clause 2 of the Bill, a person who is convicted of gay sex is liable to life imprisonment. But if that person is also HIV positive the penalty — under the heading “aggravated homosexuality” — is death”. What really saddens me about this bill is the fact that Associated Press reports that “the measure was proposed in Uganda following a visit by leaders of U.S. conservative Christian ministries that promote therapy for gays to become heterosexual. However, at least one of those leaders has denounced the bill, as have some other conservative and liberal Christians in the United States”.

Rick Warren, one of the most influential pastors in the world, said to Newsweek in response to this bill: ‘The fundamental dignity of every person, our right to be free, and the freedom to make moral choices are gifts endowed by God, our creator. However, it is not my personal calling as a pastor in America to comment or interfere in the political process of other nations.’ On Meet the Press, he reiterated this neutral stance in a different context: ‘As a pastor, my job is to encourage, to support. I never take sides.’

Let’s face it, Christians are the most hypocritical people when it comes to homosexuality, and I’m one of those hypocritical people. On the way to work, I asked myself the following question: ‘Why do Christians spend more time preaching against homosexuality than we do preaching against fornication and adultery’? Gaydemographics.org reports that same-sex couples account for less than 2% of America’s population. Reporter Celia Hall, writing in the London Daily Telegraph, observed: “British men and women are the most adulterous in Europe, but Americans top the list… The study in 14 countries found that 42 percent of Britons, compared to 22 percent of Spaniards, 36 percent of French and 38 percent of Italians, admitted to having more than one relationship at a time. But… half of the Americans questioned said they were unfaithful.” Half of the Americans interviewed admitted to adultery!

I don’t have fornication figures, but I won’t be surprised if 95% of all unmarried people are having sex. Infact I’m struggling to even mention one unmarried person who has never had sex before. Most of these fornicators have even had sex with multiple partners. Shouldn’t these figures be of more concern to Christians than the homosexual figures? If half of all married men admit to adultery, and 95% of all unmarried people engage in sex, then why are we so concerned with the 2% of homosexuals to a point where we focus all our attention on them?

I know why we as Christians prefer bashing gays than bashing fornicators and adulterers. It’s because adultery and fornication hits closer to home! Many Christians can say with all certainty that their children won’t engage in homosexuality, but not even one Christian can boldly say their children won’t engage in fornication. So if you are a Christian parent you tread very carefully on the issue of fornication, because your children are probably engaged in fornication so you wouldn’t want to upset them. Fornication in Christian homes has become such a norm, to a point where Christians are starting to think fornication is acceptable to God, as long as the fornicators get married at some point. That’s why many Christians don’t have a problem with their children having boyfriends and girlfriends. So why would Christians preach against it when they tolerate it?

I’m one of those Christians who are disgusted by the fact that the book of Daniel and Revelations are not preached in our pulpits. But why are the same Christians not disgusted by the fact that we preach more against homosexuality than we do against fornication? Truth be told, preaching on the book of Revelations empties the church’s coffers. But I can assure you that preaching on fornication would have an even worse effect. Some of our churches just can’t afford to preach against fornication, as they are full of fornicators who have itching ears. In all the time I have watched TBN, CBN, GodTV, CTV, Loveworld, Rhema, and other Christian television channels, only Jentezen Franklin and Dr Charles Stanley have dedicated the whole sermon to preaching against fornication. Afterall, why would any pastor or elder preach against fornication when his son and daughter are deep in it?

 Uganda’s fight against HIV has been exemplary from a Christian point of view. Uganda is one of the few countries that have taken the message of abstinence very seriously, and made it the integral part of their HIV campaign. Unlike South Africa that is focusing mainly on the usage of condoms while ignoring the message for abstinence, Uganda is accused of virgin-ising the country. The results are there for all to see, as HIV prevalence in Uganda has reduced by 70% in the 1990s. Michael Carter writing for Aidsmap.com said: “HIV prevalence in Uganda declined in the 1990s by 70%, thanks to community mobilisation and risk-avoidance at a population level, according to a study published in the April 30th edition of Science. In particular, investigators from Cambridge University attribute the dramatic decline in HIV prevalence in Uganda to a later average age of sexual debut, and a reduction in the number of sexual partners, backed by a consistent message from the Ugandan government and high levels of awareness communicated by word of mouth. “The outcome was equivalent to a highly effective vaccine,” the researchers say.”

But Uganda is being hypocritical for even suggesting this kind of bill. If Uganda is basing this bill on the bible, then they are even more hypocritical, if not biblically illiterate. Not only did Jesus change the judgements contained in Leviticus 20 on His encounter with an adulterer in John 8, but the New Testament is clear that the Law was just symbolic. In Hebrew 10:1 the bible says ‘The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves’. So Uganda doesn’t have any basis for using Leviticus 20 against any of its people.

If Uganda insists on applying Leviticus 20, then they have to apply the whole of it and not only concerning homosexuals. Leviticus 20 requires that the adulterers be put to death (v10), and since adulterers account for 50% of the population then it’s no wonder Uganda is picking on homosexuals.

For all concerned, I hope Uganda won’t proceed with this hypocritical bill, not that they need anybody’s approval first. Let’s leave the judgement to God, as we have done with adulterers and fornicators. But we should continue preaching against homosexuality, fornication and adultery, and hope people repent.

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1 Comment »

  1. Dan said

    It should be noted that Uganda’s campaign to reduce its HIV infection rate equally involved promoting having fewer sexual partners, being faithful to a sexual partner and the use of condoms. It would be thoroughly disingenuous to ascribe any reduction in the rate of infection to abstinence while ignoring a multitude of other factors involved.

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