The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lobby will not have been amused by Reverend Haynesley Griffith’s addition of the letter Q to the group’s abbreviated moniker. Queer, they do not think they are; and strange is that derogatory word coming from the mouth of the pastor.
But we shall not entrap ourselves in semantics.
Reverend Griffith, founder of the Family Heartbeat International Network, is in no doubt that the LGBT community is hell-bent on “reordering the society” and ultimately destroying the family “as God as ordained it”.
And last Sunday’s packed Gymnasium at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex, if you went by the applause, may well have been
in full agreement.
To be truthful, it cannot be gainsaid that the LGBT advocates are intent on this “reordering” for the cause of a respected, respectable and established place in our society; but it is questionable whether a major purpose of theirs would be to have done with traditional family life and straight-sex relationships per se.
For one thing, their task would be mammoth, futilely consuming, and erosive of their very own time for their obviously quite pleasurable perversions.
“This militant, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer . . . political group . . . ,” says Reverend Griffith, “is seeking to push every political button to squeeze governments to follow their passion, in the name of human rights.
“They will stop at nothing in their aggressive desire for gay marriage to be on the statute books in every part of the world.”
This LGBT goal is obviously at the core of the problems the goodly pastor has with our gay community. But he might take some comfort in our calculation that so long as the Freundel Stuart Government exists, no such gargantuan step is ever likely to be taken out of the box –– not outside that safe comfort zone of legally and formally sanctioned marriages, and blessed heterosexual unions.
And most of us will be the merrier for it.
Yet, the state can do pretty much what it likes –– marrying off these gay folk, if the church won’t. And here is where we differ strongly on positions with the LGBT lobbyists. They may pursue with what they see as their rights before the noses of the state rulers –– but, please, leave the church alone.
The church cannot be bullied to perform same-sex marriages when its very tenets speak volumes against such unions –– not that it helps when rogue ministers of the cloth themselves pirouette, do the backflip and genuflect before the god of deviance and kinkiness, in the passing name of scriptural love.
Some of these pastors even project Jesus’ alleged silence on the subject of homosexuality as an indication the act was no big thing with him. The truth is, it was far from as prevalent in his time as it is today.
The sexual “perversions” of Jesus’ day were primarily fornication and adultery –– at the risk of being stoned, for which the Master on occasion was forgiving, with the understanding that the perpetrator would “go and sin no more”. And there was good reason, for Leviticus 20:13 was not lost on them.
If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.
It is difficult to fathom that people indulging in natural sex could be stoned, but those committing the unnatural –– buggery, an act condemned by the scriptures as an abomination –– would be smiled upon, and worst of all endorsed by Jesus himself.
Was it not the very Saviour who said: “What comes out of you is what defiles you. For from within, out of your hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile you.” (Mark 7:20 to 23)?
Surely in Jesus’ day buggery and lesbianism were earmarked as “sexual immorality”.
Surely, the debate on whether or not homosexuality is a sin is futile, for it has already been declared by the Old Testament as such. Pertinent now is how well we treat each other, misguided as another may be.
And as for those challenging us to find Jesus’ utterances of the words “homosexual” and “buggery”, they might want to reflect on Christ’s declaration in Matthew 5:17:
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.