Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World

Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World
Red Roses for You, My Sweet Friends ... Total Love.

My Sweet Friends

My sweet friends,

We grow closer to each other;

When we interact together and share ideas;

The common faith that we share,

Binds our hearts in one accord.

For sweet friendships last a life time,

When built on mutual respect, humility and understanding;

Throughout each different season,

We find we are one in life.

Sweet friends are there through times of grief;

And times when hope is gone;

Always there with encouragement;

So we can carry on.

I thank the Lord for you,

My true and faithful friends;

To fondly speak with you, whether we agree or not,

On this, our beloved blog;

For sweet friends will stay, no matter what;

Giving support.

Together, our hearts and minds truly unite;

With the amazing love of sweet friends.

In the spirit of true friendship,

Best wishes, my sweet friends;

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

I remain, yours truly,

B.B. Bakampa.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

A Christian Approach To Homosexuality

By Bakampa Brian Baryaguma


Currently, Uganda is entangled in a complex situation concerning the homosexuality debate. No doubt, as a country we are caught between a rock and a hard place! The dilemma is whether we should stick to our traditional beliefs that generally disregard the practice of homosexuality or give way to modernity that embraces it.

The confrontation between traditionalists like M.P David Bahati and modernists like Dr Sylvia Tamale definitely adds appeal to the debate because we have to face and deal with it anyway, in an objective and civilized manner. This has attracted the attention of church leaders who ironically are split on the issue all together. Some support while others are against homosexuality. But the more we discuss it, the closer we get to solving the impasse.

My concern today is how we should approach the problem of homosexuality as Christians. It is not in dispute that our God abhors homosexuality in the Holy Bible. See for instance Genesis 19:4-29, Leviticus 18:22 and Romans 1:26-27. The million dollar question is, “What should we do in these trying moments?” It’s not only our faith that is being put to test here but our intelligence and charisma as well.

I am of the view that we can’t and shouldn’t force everyone to think and believe like us. Force is not only undesirable but also unjustified and contrary to reason. The beauty of Christianity is its remarkable degree of unwavering tolerance, understanding and forgiveness. As followers of Christ, we are challenged to be accommodative and plural in our day-to-day lifestyle without necessarily jeopardizing our holiness and relationship with God. Jesus Himself paid allegiance to these attributes. Hence, He counseled us to love our enemies (Matthew 5:43-48), not to judge others (Luke 6:37, 41-42), to always forgive (Matthew 18:21-35, John 8:1-11), to be humble and hospitable (Luke 14:7-12) and so on.

The reason for this is simple; “There is no one who is righteous…All have turned away from God, they have all gone wrong….” (Romans 3:10-12). In short, we have all fallen short of the glory of God¬––Christians and non-Christians alike. So instead of seeking to trade accusations with homosexuals and their sympathizers, as Christians we ought to concentrate on improving our union with God.

But this is not to say that we should sit and do nothing at all. Once in a while we may express our displeasure through, say peaceful demonstrations but this should not be pushed too far as we risk letting our anger turn into sin (Ephesians 4:26), the consequences of which are well within our knowledge: anger defeats God’s righteous purpose (James 1:20)

Therefore, our cardinal duty in this intellectual debacle is to pray unceasingly to God so that He can give divine guidance to the politicians and other political commentators on the way forward. These are better placed to deal with the matter and our mandate is to give them spiritual support through prayer. If they can decide the homosexuality question in our favour, well and good but where they decide otherwise, then it is our obligation to follow suit in observance of and compliance with the dictates of democracy. This is the real purpose of our duty to state authorities enunciated in Romans 13:1-7.

Napoleon Bonaparte said that Christ built His Empire on love. It is our duty to engender this by loving everybody (including homosexuals). Besides, Jesus Himself didn’t hate sinners. This is the essence of our being the “…salt for all mankind” and “…light for the whole world.” (Matthew 5:13-14).