Uganda, Christianity and Homophobia

“Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday signed a controversial law that will see homosexuals jailed for life, and dismissed warnings from key foreign allies and donors including the United States.”

According to the article, “Museveni, a devout evangelical Christian, earlier this month also signed into law anti-pornography and dress code legislation which outlaws “provocative” clothing, bans scantily clad performers from Ugandan television and closely monitors what individuals view on the Internet.”

Probably the top sentence from the article is this:

“Homophobia is widespread in Uganda, where American-style evangelical Christianity is on the rise.”

“Evangelical Christianity = homophobia” is the translation, in case you missed it.

The fact the Bible says homosexuality is a sin does not equal homophobia, just as saying you think we got here by the Big Bang does not equal theophobia.

Good for Uganda for taking a stand regardless of all the money they will lose from foreign aid because of it. Nice to see someone show some conviction that costs money.

At the same time, I would never in a million years, as a follower of Christ, run a country like this. Sounds more like legalistic Islam than following Christ. A Christian version of Sharia Law.

Jesus, the King of Kings, never once even hinted at taking political power, nor dictating to others what they should do. He presented the Father’s Way, railed on humanity’s way, but, in the end, left it up to voluntary adherence after people count the cost. I think that’s the Christian approach.

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2 thoughts on “Uganda, Christianity and Homophobia”

  1. Singling out homosexuality as deserving special condemnation is a convenient way for many Christians to deflect attention away from their own (more acceptable) sins.
    Of course, those sins are only more acceptable in comparison to those things that seem to get most condemnatory attention – such as homosexuality and abortion. Many might be surprised that their “lesser” sins that they think God will overlook are no “lesser” in His eyes.

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