“Born this Gay” – Joburg Gay Pride 2011

“Joburg Pride 2011, in celebration of 22 years of existence, will march under the human rights theme of “Born This Gay” on Saturday, 1 October 2011, calling for the protection of all human rights protected in South Africa’s constitution, but especially those of sexual minorities who are victimized on a daily basis.”  For those who don’t know, Noxolo Nogwaza, was gang-raped, stoned and killed just because she was lesbian. Noxolo was a victim of corrective rape, a brutal act by barbaric men who think they can turn lesbian women straight, or at least force them to relinquish their gay lifestyle. We know that Noxolo is not the only victim of corrective rape, but there are thousands of lesbian women who are victims of this act. Unfortunately rape in South Africa and most third world countries, especially those with strong religious domination, still holds a stigma with it, which makes rape victims not to come forward and report the cases. Dr Ulrike Boehmer, from the Boston University School of Public Health said “homosexuals report worse health compared to heterosexuals due to minority stress caused by their experiences of discrimination, prejudice, and violence.” There is no doubt that homosexuals are subjected to inhumane discrimination, and not many are willing to condemn their detractors. It is really difficult being gay!

Joburg Pride website has a video that showcases all famous people who were homosexual, although it’s arguable if some of them were homosexual. One of the greatest psychologists of the 20th century, Henri Nouwen, was dispositionally homosexual, and to make things worse he was an ordained priest. Nouwen realised that he was homosexual when he looked at a painting with a male in it and he just couldn’t get his eyes off that man, he lusted for him. But Nouwen never engaged in any homosexual relationship or sex. If he was dispositionally homosexual, which he admitted to, and he was attracted to men, then why didn’t he act on his feelings? Because he feared God enough not to sin against Him! Nouwen as a priest, understood the Ten Commandments, and the consequences that they carried, and he made a vow that he won’t sin against God, at least not intentionally. What are these Ten Commandments, and how can you know if you have violated them?

  • The 10th commandment says you shall not covet. Have you ever jealously wanted something that belongs to another person?
  • The 9th commandment says you shall not lie. How many lies have you told in your life?
  • The 8th commandment says you shall not steal. Have you ever stolen anything regardless of its value, even when you were little?
  • Jesus said “anyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28). Have you ever looked at a woman with lust, and undressed her with your eyes? Have you ever looked at a person of the same sex as you and lusted after him/her? If you have, then you have violated the 7th commandment.
  • The bible says “anyone who hates his brother is a murderer” (1 John 3:15). Have you ever hated anyone? If you have, then you have violated the 6th commandment that says “you shall not murder”.

Are you guilty of breaking the Ten Commandments? The bible says God “will not leave the guilty unpunished” (Nahum 1:3). Every Christian, Muslim, Atheist, Buddhist, Hindu and Agnostic who breaks the Ten Commandments will be sentenced to God’s jail, called hell. Revelation 20:15 says hell is a lake of fire. Psalm 11:6 says it’s a horrible tempest. Psalm 18:5 says it’s a place of sorrows. Matthew 13:42 says it’s a place of wailing, a furnace of fire. Luke 16:23 says it’s a place of torments. Matthew 8:12 says it’s a place of outer darkness. Revelation 14:11 says it’s a place of unrest. Luke 16:24 says it’s a place where people scream for mercy. Matthew 25:46 says it’s a place of everlasting punishment.

The only way for guilty Ten Commandments’ violators like us to get a pardon from God is through Jesus Christ. The bible says Jesus is a mediator; He stands between us and God, and pleads our case (see 1 Timothy 2:5). Through His death on the cross, Jesus took the punishment that we deserved for breaking God’s Law, and He was punished on our behalf, so we can get pardoned by God. It was a gift that we didn’t deserve! All we need to do is stop breaking the Ten Commandments (repent from our sins), apologize to God for them, and trust in Jesus Christ. How do you put your trust in Jesus?

  • You have to believe that through His moral perfection, He would be able to keep you from sinning and will present you as morally perfect in the presence of God (see Hebrews 4:14-16, Ephesians 5:25-27).
  • You have to believe that He has paid the price for all your sins, and you won’t be held accountable for any of them (Isaiah 53:5)
  • You have to believe that He has the power to keep you from hell and give you eternal life. The bible says “for God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).


  1. stan said

    So, Nouwen sinned because he lusted after the man according to your quote of Jesus. And yes it was intentional (as if sinning can be anything but) as he would have been aware of the scripture.

    • Of course Nouwen sinned, but I don’t think it was intentional. Remember that Nouwen at the time didn’t know he was sexually attracted to men, so there’s no suggestion that he intented to lust after the man in the painting. But the bible makes it clear that sin is sin, regardless of whether a person knew about it or not.

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