Lesbian Bigots? (29 October 2002)

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Dear Editor

Ms. Ntoyakuthi (Cape Times, 29/10/2002) is clearly a supporter of the homosexual attempts for their sexual deviancies to be accepted as mainstream. She claims to be saddened by the "bigoted response" to "gay marriage". "What made it worse is that these bigots were mainly women" – does Ms. Ntoyakuthi expect that somehow most other women will share her views? According to the Concise Oxford Dictionary, a bigot is "an obstinate and intolerant believer in a religion, political theory, etc." Ms. Ntoyakuthi unfortunately appears intolerant of women who hold views on "gay marriage" that differ from her own.

I commend Ms. Ntoyakuthi for reading the Bible, and for her attempts to understand why the authors wrote what they wrote. However, how can she avoid the Apostle Paul’s obvious point in his letter to the Romans: "They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator – Who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion."

In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul makes the point clearer: "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."

It is probable that the Bible – the most widely translated, printed and read book in the world – has so little credibility in Ms. Ntoyakuthi’s eyes, that she is unable to appreciate God’s wisdom. For that reason, I would like to address some of her concerns.

God has set standards for man’s behaviour. A nation that consistently refuses to behave according to God’s standards will experience God’s judgement (just as a nation that consistently conforms to God’s standards experiences His blessing – read Deuteronomy 28). In the turmoil and war that we bring upon ourselves because of our refusal to obey God, women and children will be killed. Are only the men who die on the frontline guilty of sin before God, or is the whole nation, including the women, guilty? God is loving – He has given the Bible so that we can understand what He requires of us. If we choose to refuse to obey Him, can we then accuse Him for being consistent with what He said He will do?

Slavery by kidnapping was not endorsed by the Bible – in fact, the death penalty is prescribed for a man who kidnaps another. However, forcing a man to work to repay the victim of his theft is prescribed. Which is better – to put a man in jail, to be unproductive, taught worse crimes and sodomised, or to force him to work to repay the debt? Exodus 21:20 prescribes that if a slave is beaten to death, the owner shall be punished – Ms. Ntoyakuthi will have to point out where the Bible excuses a slave’s murder.

Do sons suffer for the sins of their fathers? Sons whose fathers are drunkards may experience financial deprivation and will not have a good role model to follow. However, it is clear from Biblical Law that sons are not to be punished by Civil Courts for their father’s crimes (2 Kings 14:6). Nonetheless, the fathers’ refusal to live according to God’s plan will leave its mark on the children.

Ms. Ntoyakuthi claims that the Bible has no respect for women. This is strange, since Genesis 1 claims that both men and women are made in God’s image. Wisdom is depicted in Proverbs as a women – surely this is high recognition? Wherever Christianity has made an impact, the status of women has improved. Thanks to the Christian missionary William Carey, widows are no longer burned in India. Thanks to conversions to Christianity, "temple prostitution" of women and girl-children is rare.

I would continue but fear the editor’s scissors being applied. Are Christians bigoted, stupid and afraid of the unknown – or are we wise to walk according to the clear light of the Almighty God’s revelation?

Jeanine McGill

Christian Action P.O.Box 23632 Claremont 7735 Cape Town South Africa [email protected] - 021-689-4481 - www.christianaction.org.za
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