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Homosexuality impacting on the Church

Published:Saturday | May 26, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The Christian Church is between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, this institution ought not to condemn practising lesbians and gays. On the other, the Church, based on biblical principles, cannot condone the practice of homosexuality.

In the article titled 'Stop engaging in gay-rights lobbying' published in The Gleaner on May 17, 2012, the essayist lauded the view: "If we don't want God's influence in the affairs of our land, we should change our national anthem, remove the Bibles from the courtrooms, have no devotions in schools and find some other symbol by which to swear."

A sacrifice of this magnitude amounts to a total erosion of the bedrock on which our society has survived.

Absolute position

This axiom places us in an absolute position. God cannot be mocked. Either we live by His principles or dismiss them, and live with the consequences. It is urgent that the Church demand global attention in addressing this burgeoning phenomenon.

Unfortunately, the paradigm has shifted. The lifestyle of homosexuals has become a common phenomenon in Jamaica, with the country being deemed homophobic.

Do we, as a people, have a right to what is socially, culturally, and morally correct? Who defines our reality? When did we get here? It is time to defend the greater good of our society.

The Church has the largest platform on which to petition the affairs of the nation. What is urgently needed is the dismissal of denominational barriers, and for the Church to unite and intervene in social affairs. Same-sex marriage is not part of our religious or cultural orientation, and we must fight for a cause.

IAN HENRY

Scotts Hall, St Mary

ianhenrya@yahoo.com