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Despite PM's TIME award, Church stance on homosexuality remains

Published:Sunday | May 6, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Having grown up in Jamaica, there were three pillars on which the development of our lives were based: the home, the school and the Church. Home was the foundation, a place of discipline, love and care, and also the initial place where our identities were formed.

Then, we moved on to the school. A wide society, this is where we learned more of how to socialise, character was shaped, a deeper sense of interaction was sought, and a clearer knowledge of one's identity was realised.

However, that being said, I now move on to the Church, a place of spiritual and moral upbringing, a safe haven, a place where one sought his/her God and His Word was preached and taught.

Time has evolved and fast-tracking to present day, many of the core beliefs of the Church have seemingly eroded. Let me make it abundantly clear that the Church was not placed here to be part of this world's system.

Recently, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller collected a tribute from TIME Magazine partly for what was perceived as her promotion of full civil rights for gays and lesbians. It is believed that her stance will act as a catalyst for change in the Caribbean by embracing that lifestyle.

Let it be known that the Church does not hate gays and lesbians, but we do not condone the lifestyle because it is contrary to the teachings and doctrines of the Bible.

I say to the Church, let's recognise the forces that are at war here. The Church's voice must not be silent.

J. SAMUELS

Runaway Bay, St Ann