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Congratulations America! Cheers to Liberty!

Published:Thursday | July 2, 2015 | 7:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Congratulations, President Obama and congratulations, America, on your announcement of making homosexual marriages legal in all 50 states. This is a real triumph for liberty and freedom, and highlights the liberalism that is closely affiliated with your declaration of independence as, truly, you have demonstrated that each man is entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of individual happiness. Happy 240 years of independence! I imagine that there will be unprecedented celebration in the land of the free. I wish I could be there, but I don't have a visa.

The controversy and immeasurable media attention to this tumultuous disagreement between the homosexual community in America and the Church resembles the bitter disagreement between the homosexual/LGBT community in Jamaica and the Church in Jamaica. This makes me very concerned, because the dominant topic of discussion in both countries over the last term of Obama's administration has been this single topic.

This has become the issue of the day as many countries around the world are currently reviewing their laws that limit the liberty of homosexual individuals. This is the single-most widespread and unified global cause of the 21st century, and the announcement in the United States in many ways will propel the movement to even more global success.

 

EVERYONE WANTS FREEDOM

 

It seems to me that the highest valued ethic in the world today is liberty; everyone wants to be free to do what they like. I have said Christians and homosexuals are similar in this respect. Christians want to be able to live their lives believing in Jesus Christ and carrying out whatever activities they deem necessary for their religious existence. Homosexuals and the LGBT community want to be able to be free to live their lives in the way that they choose and not be discriminated against or persecuted because of their sexual orientation, and publicly carry out activities that they deem necessary for their existence. Obviously, if the highest ideal is liberty, then the freedom of one person can quite easily affect the freedom of the other.

I am most concerned because, in my eyes, the highest ideal should be love, or at least mutual understanding. It is quite improbable to think that Christians and the LGBT community can exist in an atmosphere of love, so mutual understanding and tolerance of each other may be more practical. It will be difficult, but we will have to find a way to get along so that each group can maximise their liberty and pursuit of happiness.

Yet the main thing that worries me is what has happened to all the main, important issues facing humanity. What has the US government done to address the issues of child hunger? What have they been doing to help those who are living in poverty in their own population? What about the genocide in Africa? What is being done about Boka Haram? What policies are being effected to deal with the growing threat of ISIS? What about domestic acts of terror?

 

CHURCH LOST ITS WAY

 

The Church has, for the most part, lost its way. How can two walk together unless they

agree? The Church has become fatally wounded because it has become divided into countless denominations that cannot reconcile with each other. The Church has sought after its own individual glory and has exalted the teachings of different men above the word of God.

I wish they would follow the example of the minority of Christians who are busy fighting Ebola, join groups as the Salvation Army and begin ministering to the poor and needy, offering care to the elderly and the orphans, visiting the sick and really actively showing love to all mankind. The Church is so busy preaching, and condemning. The Church has failed to see that their empty words and vain repetitions are not reaching the lost souls; they are not reaching the people they are calloused towards.

Before church people pick up their pitch forks and torches, I would encourage them to lay down those burdens and take up their crosses and follow Jesus. Go greet the world with love instead; Jesus did say that He gives a new commandment to love one another as He has loved us. Go with love and see what happens.

Richard Mon