Since time immemorial, the agenda to normalize and legalize what hitherto was considered abominable and illegal continues. The ongoing debate in Ghana about LBGTQI is an age old one. While promoters and supporters of this agenda wants their views to be heard, respected and accepted, I have observed that same people consider those who hold contrary views as hypocrites; the preachers of tolerance and diversity will have none of it. They seem to say “how dare you hold a contrary view when we all sin, albeit differently.”
We learnt that culture is the way of life of a group of people; and culture is usually hinged on norms and values handed down from forebears. These norms and values are etched into society as precepts, commandments and laws, which govern a people. It is not uncommon to have deviant behaviours from what society agrees to as generally acceptable behaviour.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (an English writer, philosopher, lay theologian, and literary and art critic) once wrote and I quote “Whenever you remove any fence, always pause long enough to ask why it was put there in the first place.” The restrictions our forefathers left behind, captured as laws or simple cultural prohibitions, have good reasons backing them. Indeed, The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing about (Blaise Pascal) yet any society that allows everyone to do as they please will eventually be plunged into anarchy.
In the Ghanaian context, LGBTQI is frowned upon culturally, religiously and legally. Of course, other worldviews are opposed to our context and we cannot do anything about it. Likewise, our predispositions make us opposed to this phenomenon. The question then is, why must one’s way of life be forced on another’s. Why the threat of cut in aid by western nations and organizations, if LGBTQI is not legalized by developing nations such as Ghana?
In his book ‘Marriage Registration and Divorce in Ghana: Law and Procedure’, Oladele Kwaku Aribike writes and I quote “Marriage under the Marriages Act must be between a male and female. It cannot be between a male and another male; neither can it be between a female and another female. Homosexuality is a sin before God Almighty. Homosexuality is also a crime in Ghana. It is an offence under section 104 of the Criminal Offences Act for people to indulge in unnatural carnal knowledge. It does not matter what other countries, religions, denominations have accepted. For us as a nation homosexuality is evil, obnoxious, criminal and a sin. We cannot compromise our position on this.
If America, the Western countries, Europe or any other country
will refuse Ghana aid because of our position on this, they can go away with their so-called aid. For us, as a nation, our help comes from the Almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth. Ghana will not behave like Esau who sold his birth right for a morsel of bread. The word of God Almighty will continue to be our guide and light.”
Now let me share my personal perspective as a Christian. Truth is that right from the beginning, the battle lines were drawn. We read in Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” The Holy Scriptures tell us that, it is the seed of the woman that will defeat the Satan. As a result, God desires a godly seed to serve His purpose (Malachi 2:15), while Satan also moves to and fro seeking to destroy this godly seed.
We see how Satan fruitlessly attempts to kill the seed of the woman (Jesus Christ) through Herod, by issuing a decree to kill all child two years and below, when Jesus Christ was born. Matthew 2:16 reads “Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked by the wise men, was greatly enraged. And he sent and killed all the boys in Bethlehem, and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had carefully inquired of the wise men.”
In Satan’s mind, “if I get man to marry man and woman to marry woman, then there will be no seed from them to come crush my head.” Well, God has been unequivocally clear about this; as Leviticus 18:22 reads “You must not lie with a man as with a woman; that is an abomination.” Yet, in the name of modernization, human rights and biology, man has rejected God’s directives and seem to have joined forces with the enemy.
Romans 1:25-27 reads “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is forever worthy of praise! Amen. For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. Likewise, the men abandoned natural relations with women and burned with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”
Certainly, it is error which needs correction, but God himself seem to have allowed man to do as he or she pleases, due to disobedience. Verse 28 of Romans chapter 1 reads “And even as they did not think fit to have God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do the things not right.” Do you see God’s approach? Quit fighting a battle not meant for you. It is God that calls man to himself, and it is the Holy Spirit that convicts man of sin. Indeed, I disagree with hating those caught up in this web of LBGTQI. What we can do is to empathize and pray for them. In this dispensation of love, it is unchristian for anyone to hate or attack another because they are homosexual. While it is also wrong to condone this abominable phenomenon, it is incumbent on us Christians to show compassion and the love of Christ to the LGBTQI community. One soul at a time, they can be helped and be set free from this self destruct spirit.
Bottom line is this; our worldviews are shaped by our cultural, religious, social and other predispositions. I respect your position on LGBTQI. Just don’t expect me to share in your view. That mine is opposed to yours does not make me a hypocrite. I am a Christian, and I live by the dictates of God’s Word. I cannot support what God hates. Without man and woman marriage, there will be no family, without family, there will be no society, without society, there will be no human race. I stand with the sanctity of marriage. I stand with the family unit. I stand with procreation.
©️Samuel A. Coffie