Last week I was in the rural areas of Manicaland.
As we were gathered in a small group of about ten sharing news from The Standard, we came across a story titled: “Proposal to discriminate homosexuality”, with a picture of a man kissing another man.
It was a picture that those of a nervous disposition would not dare look at.
As my hair stood up and adrenaline ran through my veins, the Holy Spirit in me registered His disappointment of what the eye saw.
I wondered how those with me would react.
Before anyone had even read the story swords were already being thrown.
The elders attributed droughts and many disasters including road accidents that have befallen the nation to such practices as homosexuality.
They perceived that there could have been more discoveries of mineral deposits such as is the case in Marange diamond fields were it not for the emergence of these evils.
Although the picture was so clear that even those that could not read got the message, some thought this was the so-called newspaper lies and never bothered to read the story.
I thank The Standard for carrying the report showing us that homosexuality is reality in our communities.
For you to get a clearer picture, these are excerpts from The Standard report: “A consultant hired by the National Aids Council (NAC) to review Zimbabwe’s response to the Aids pandemic has recommended a review of the Sexual Offences Act to deal with ‘homosexuality and prostitution in a pragmatic way’.
The report goes on to say that homosexuality and prostitution are illegal in Zimbabwe. The consultant encourages Zimbabweans to be ‘open-minded about homosexuality and other sexual practices . . .’”
Here you are Zimbabweans. Have you been pragmatic and open-minded in dealing with homosexuality?
On July 10 2010 under the title, Victorious Christian living, I listed homosexuality as a sin and the homosexual community was quick in its response.
On July 13 2010 under the pen name “Umbrage” in a letter to the editor of NewsDay titled, “People have the right to be different” they wrote: “What a shameful disrespect this shows for the diversity of humanity. It shows the desire of those in power to use people’s differences to disempower minority groups.”
You may want to know if homosexuality is a political, theological, religious, cultural, social, biological or economic issue.
From the political front, President Robert Mugabe has been widely quoted as having labelled homosexuals as “worse than dogs and pigs”.
In 2010, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai spoke strongly against homosexuals and a section of civic society strongly condemned the speech.
Chiefs are on record for describing homosexuality as taboo and having no place in our culture.
Homosexuals are demanding a right to be recognised and accepted in our society.
They want to conduct the same weddings as heterosexuals do, they want to freely share the same apartment with you and go to the same church with you and given time to share the Word of God.
Proponents describe it as biological orientation, alternative lifestyle and freedom of choice.
From a Christian perspective, we do not attack the person, but the evil inside. We do not preach hatred, but love.
Like any other sinner, homosexuals need to repent and be delivered.
We do not care whether it is genetic or acquired, we simply cast out the devil. In many places the Bible clearly speaks against homosexuality.
Leviticus 20:13, King James Version (KJV) reads: “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”
In this age, Jesus’ blood is enough if they repent; we do not kill them.
There are many pressure groups lobbying for legalising homosexuality. I do not know if prostitutes also have such organisations.
Can you imagine thieves, witches and other sinners pushing for decriminalisation?
Whatever “programmatic and open-mindedness” we remain guided by the Bible and we will not rewrite it.
We do not want God to abandon us as He did in Romans 1:26-28, (KJV); “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.”
We do not want to repeat the Biblical period of anarchy in Judges 17:6 (KJV): “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”