There was a time when opponents of LGBT equality or inclusion could claim, without contradiction, that these were "obviously" and necessarily contrary to scripture. No more. Bible scholars, theologians, pastors and other people of faith, from all denominations, are increasingly visible with the counterpart arguments that Biblical values, and those of other faiths, are based primarily on love.
The arguments in favour of acceptance and inclusion have become familiar. What makes this voice fresh and new, is that it comes from Africa - specifically from Malawi.
IT’s ironic that churches in Malawi are leading the charge against gays contrary to the fundamental basis of Christianity teaching which is love for all of God’s children. Christianity was built on the premise of unconditional love; as such, a church should be a place where everyone can go for comfort and solace. A place of refuge where everybody should feel accepted and loved. Therein lays the tragedy when Malawian churches are at the forefront of the anti-gay movement.Christians of every persuasion need to understand that the Bible isn’t anti-gay; particularly because of its ability to shape the hearts of people when legislation and social activism fail to do so. There is no book, chapter or verse in the Bible that teaches Christians to hate anyone. In South Africa, Christians supported apartheid. Eventually they withdrew their support for apartheid as they came to recognize that apartheid was a system fueled by the hatred of blacks and therefore contrary to Jesus’ teachings.-Read the full article at Maravi Post
- The Faith Journey of One Ugandan LGBT Activist (mlp.org)
- A Letter to Queer Youth from Neely Stansell-Simpson (mlp.org)
- Presbyterian Church Joins Umoja Project for LGBT Acceptance (mlp.org)
- Bishop Senyonjo Preaches the Gospel in San Diego: One Doesn't Need to Be Converted to Another Sexuality to Be Loved by God (bilgrimage.blogspot.com)