David Kato was a Ugandan who was gay. He was ridiculed and hated for it but he became an outspoken advocate for gay rights in Uganda. Last week someone entered David Kato’s house and bludgeoned him to death with a hammer.
Uganda has not been a country that is “gay friendly”, so there have been no rights for LGBT people. A little over a year ago it became even more difficult for this community. Read below why this may be…
“In recent years, conservative American evangelical churches have had a profound influence on society in Uganda and other African nations. They send missions and help fund local churches that share their brand of Christianity. Sermons and seminars by American evangelist preachers are staples on local television and radio networks across the continent.
Some activists say the attacks in Uganda intensified last year after three American evangelical preachers visited the country. In seminars attended by thousands and broadcasted over radio, the preachers discussed how to “cure” homosexuality and accused gays of sodomizing boys and destroying African culture. A month later, a Ugandan lawmaker introduced the anti-homosexuality bill.”
A month after the visit of American evangelists a new bill it introduced. A bill that significantly increases the punishment for those “caught” being gay. Lengthy imprisonments and the possibility of death were part of this new bill. Citizens were also encouraged to turn in the names of those suspected of being gay. A newspaper at the time, published the names and photographs of 100 gay individuals and activists along with the encouragement to kill them. David Kato was on the list. A year later David Kato is dead.
Of course most of those “evangelists” and other Christian leaders in America say that they do not support such a bill and that they would never want to see anyone killed because of it. But the question remains for these “leaders”, “If you did not want to see these things happen, why did you encourage hate to begin with in a country that already had a level repulsion for homosexuals? Are you that ignorant to think that your words would not lead to this?”
But greater questions and concerns, at least on my part, remain as well. I was not aware that the Gospel Jesus told us to preach about HIM, included a mandate to attack the “queers?” Since when are we to go into all the world and tell people that one group of individuals are the worse sinners of all time? Do we have the right? Why do we as believers continually distort the Gospel message with our own preferences? Can we not see that WE are responsible for driving people from the love, grace, and forgiveness of God?
This is the Gospel…
That Jesus came in to the world not to condemn the world but to save it….
That Christ died for our sins, and that He was buried that He rose again according to the Scripture…..
And that God so loved the world He sent His Son, and that in believing we have eternal life here and beyond.
Anything else is a false gospel. Anything that takes the focus off of Jesus is from the pit of hell.
Is anyone listening?