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Bible not a weapon to justify homophobia

Published:Thursday | May 7, 2015 | 5:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The Bible must no longer be used as a weapon to justify the mistreatment of members of the LGBT community, but instead be used as a lens to recognise how Jesus interacted with sinners and 'outcasts'.

In our present day, members of the LBGT community are treated like outcasts. Many have been thrown out of communities and families or ill-treated in one way or another. Jesus was often criticised for eating with prostitutes, tax collectors, adulterers and individuals the society at that time considered to be refuse. Jesus did not condone the immoral actions of such persons, but, instead, affirmed their worth as human beings. His actions towards them were a statement to them that they were of value; worthy of love, compassion, respect, mercy and grace. Jesus would be eating with the homeless, drug addicts and people living with HIV and LGBT persons if he were in Jamaica physically.

As such, I am disturbed at the fact that persons have abused the Bible to justify their belief that homosexuals should be killed.

The God of the Bible is not about death. He is about life. It is not God's will that any of us should die (John 3:16), LBGT persons included, but that all of us should receive eternal life.

Therefore, I respectfully appeal to persons to evolve from this culturally embedded one-sided religious indignation towards homosexuals and begin to actually practise what the Bible teaches.

Please, let us begin to observe Jesus and His principles of operation. This is not advocacy for religion, but for principled living.

Joseph Collington

jmkcollington@gmail.com