We are all equal in the eyes of the Lord

2015-06-24 06:00
Moeti Molelekoa Social Observer

Moeti Molelekoa Social Observer

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WHEN a man travelling from Jerusalem was robbed of everything he had, beaten and left for dead, a priest going down the road passed him. A temple helper also did the same. Ultimately, a good Samaritan felt sorry for the victim.

The good Samaritan offered the victim first aid, treated his wounds and took him to the inn where he was admitted. He told the receptionist to look after him and that he would come and pay for all the costs later. This is happening with our Christians today who are well dressed in church uniforms for their different denominations but are passing orphanages and street kids on the side of our roads. We have job-seekers with empty stomachs on the corners of our streets, in winter.

It is the leaders who are claiming moral high ground and excellence who are failing to put it into practice. According to world standards, our leaders see themselves as followers of God. Most of us still do not believe that we can have a direct conversation with Him.

The chances are very slim that we can have interaction with the Lord when we only remember him on Sundays. We actually cannot have a dialogue with God when we are overwhelmed by church politics, gossip and cliques in our churches.

I was shocked to learn from the publication Sunday World (10 May) that married gay men had been expelled from Ray McCauley’s Rhema Bible Church. They were told that if they wanted to remain members they (gay couple) should be straight. But when pastors and congregants transgress the law of adultery, the church says it is a private matter. When money collected from the congregants in the name of benevolent offering is not used for charity but for other purposes.

Benevolent offering should be strictly used for outreach purposes and not misused like many followers are saying.

Our churches are preaching against gay relationships and marriages. In contrast, I know of a gay American couple that has adopted 20 children from the streets and orphanages. They are treating them like their very own flesh and blood. They send them to good schools.

Most of us “holier than thou” can learn a lot from this all-male couple.

As churches, we must condemn discrimination against homosexuality. They are technically saying loving another person of the same sex is a sin. They are making it scandalous. Same sex marriages have been decreed legal in South Africa in 2006.

This was after Fourie versus the Minister of Home Affairs which Fourie won in December 2005. The definition of marriage had to include same sex spouses as the Constitution of South Africa guarantees equal protection before the law.

Most of these couples are more loyal in their relationships than most of us (heterosexuals). The American couple bonded with discarded children whose parents had disconnected with them.

I used to be a so-called Christian who pointed a finger at homosexual relationships. But since learning about the American couple, I have changed my mind.

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