Pressure continues to mount in the effort to stop the Ugandan government from falling into a nasty homophobic pit of rotten legislation. The African government is proposing a law that would lead to the imprisonment, and in some cases death, of LGBT citizens and anyone who sympathizes with them. In this essay published at Other Sheep, the Rev. Michael Kimindu of Kenya articulates the reasons why Christians need to voice opposition to this proposed law, and he is calling on African religious leaders to, in short, repent and return to Jesus Christ. This hateful and hate-filled legislation is totally at odds with the teachings of Jesus. And I appreciated Rev. Kimindu's explanation of sexual orientation:
Sexual orientation refers to how an individual feels as a sexual being. One's sexual orientation may be heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, transgender or inter-sex. And when we talk about sexuality, it is not just about procreation, family planning, disease, violence and morality. We forget that human sexuality involves pleasure, intimacy, closeness, fun, love and a way to survive the harshest of poor economic circumstances.
And on faith and sexuality, he says:
People from all nations are to be made disciples. And no distinction is to be made on how one is created.
Go read his appeal. It is a well-thought out statement of faith, justice and mercy.