I’m sure other people are writing and talking about this. I’m sure this is yet another one of my posts that will cause people to grab their rosaries and say more than a few Hail Marys for me.
But my heart is breaking for Uganda right now. They’ve been a Democracy for all of five minutes. And what’s their big democratic push? To make homosexuality a capital offence.
That’s what they choose to do with this government by the people. They choose to decide who among them should be killed first. Who among them has committed the worst sin.
I know that AIDS as devastated the African continent in ways that famine, dictators and drought could not. It is a plague of unparalleled horror to the African people. So I understand them wanting to have some sort of scapegoat. But this? This is what you do with Democracy?
It is moments like this that blow me like a hurricane wind to the sticking post of libertarianism. Because I do not trust interventionist government in the hands of mankind. Period. Because for every one interventionist who wants to build highways and schools and Headstart programs you have ten who want to sit around and play Let’s Make An Outgroup.
I am a Christian, that much does not change. As a Christian I accept certain doctrinal teachings about humanity. In other words I believe that all people are fallen out of communication with God. I believe that God has provided a path to repair that communication. I realise that these are not beliefs held by everyone who reads this blog. I understand and respect that about you, my friends whom I love. But I must assert to all who read this–Christian, Pagan, Islamic, Jewish, Other–that in my belief that all mankind is fallen away is also the belief that my job as a Christian is not to go around and punish everyone else. My job is to say “Hey, I have perfect joy. You can have that, too.” That’s the extent of it. I’m not here to play “you’re going to hell! Neener-neener!” I’m certainly not here to send you on your way.
Yes, I still believe in the death penalty. But as I’ve stated before I believe in it as a consequence for criminal action. I do not believe that homosexuality in consenting relationships is a criminal action. It is not murder. It is not stealing.
I realise I’m walking a fine line here. It’s bound to upset those who feel some kind of comfort when someone says “hey, those people are bad!” I’m not here to do that. I think Uganda has lost sight of their humanity in their rush to stem the tide of death. I think that Christians are in danger of losing their credibility as followers of I AM if we do not speak against this dreadful philosophy.