Evangelical Christians have a difficult time, sometimes, knowing where to come down on the subject of homosexuality. When I was back in my old stomping ground of Grove City recently, my successor at Fellowship Community Church, Pastor David Harstine, delivered an exceptional message dealing with the subject, noting correctly that professing Christians typically fall off the beam on either the side of accepting/justifying homosexual behavior–which the Bible clearly labels sinful–on the one hand, and on the other, hating the sinner as well as hating the sin. Neither approach, it ought to go without saying, is Biblically-faithful.
One way we as evangelicals might demonstrate true love to people–yes, to homosexuals–is to rally for legitimate rights and protections. Now, readers of this blog know that I do not believe that the radical redefinition of marriage (making “gay marriage” legal) falls under this category, and I’ve given my reasons in detail; I don’t care to turn this into a long discussion of such. But I supported (and still do, by the way) Bill Clinton’s “don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t pursue” policy back when most conservatives and evangelicals were denouncing it. I believe that homosexuals ought to have the right to bequeath their property to whom they please and to have at their bedsides whomever they choose as well; this seems fundamentally right and fair.
Now, we have an opportunity as Christians to speak out against injustice toward homosexuals in the nation of Uganda. A terrible bill has been proposed in the Ugandan parliament, a bill that would in some cases even mean execution for homosexuals–and the sad thing is that the bill is drawing the support of professing evangelical Christians. This is clearly wrong, clearly unChristlike, and ought to be clearly and strongly opposed by believers everywhere.
Let me thus invite you to join a Facebook group that is seeking to combat this awful piece of legislation. It is entitled Speak out Against Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009–and if you are a Facebook member, it deserves your support. Let’s do the right thing, Christ-followers!