Death stalks Ja­maica

Jamaica Gleaner - - SATURDAY TALK -

on the role of re­li­gious lead­ers in a di­verse world. We plan on in­clud­ing hu­man sex­u­al­ity among the di­ver­si­ties ex­plored in the work­shop.

For those who would like help in un­der­stand­ing the var­i­ous pas­sages in the Bi­ble that are of­ten re­ferred to as anti-ho­mo­sex­ual, there are some great books, one of which is my own, In De­fense of God’s Chil­dren. An­other book that can be con­sulted for some guid­ance is God and the Gay Chris­tian: The Bib­li­cal Case in Sup­port of Same-Sex Re­la­tion­ships, by Matthew Vines.

I be­lieve church lead­ers need to ex­pand their knowl­edge of hu­man sex­u­al­ity. The Bi­ble tells us that peo­ple per­ish from lack of knowl­edge (Hosea 4:6). My ex­pe­ri­ences have taught me that there is not one, but four pur­poses of hu­man sex­u­al­ity: pro­cre­ation, com­pan­ion­ship, plea­sure, and cre­ativ­ity. These four pur­poses need to be re­spected, ac­cepted, and em­braced for a per­son to be their whole self.

The de­nial of a per­son’s com­plete hu­man sex­u­al­ity may lead to de­pres­sion, in­abil­ity to ex­er­cise one’s tal­ents, self­hate, and even sui­cide. A holis­tic per­son is able to vol­un­tar­ily choose to be celi­bate or sex­u­ally ac­tive with­out feel­ing guilty.

I hope and pray that the risen Christ is able to lead church lead­ers to fully un­der­stand hu­man sex­u­al­ity in its en­tirety. But hu­mans also have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to be masters and not self-in­dul­gent be­ings with the good en­dow­ments given to them by God.

This in­cludes the pow­er­ful gift of hu­man sex­u­al­ity, which should only be used as an ex­pres­sion of in­ti­macy be­tween con­sent­ing adults. Any­thing else con­sti­tutes a per­ver­sion of this divine gift and would de­mand the im­po­si­tion of the full weight of the law. CHRISTOPHER SENYONJO Re­tired Ugan­dan Angli­can Bishop THE EDITOR, Sir: IF JE­SUS were to come back and live in this world, he would be cru­ci­fied within 24 hours be­cause the world has gone mad with crime and vi­o­lence, and man’s heart is be­com­ing more des­per­ately wicked as the days go by.

Ev­ery­thing un­der the sun has its pur­pose. The knife, which is a very vi­tal tool, has its pur­pose, and we can’t do with­out it. But it was not made to stab peo­ple to death or to cut peo­ple’s throats. Many have been stabbed to death for noth­ing at all. In other words, for the things they pos­sess.

The ma­chete, oth­er­wise known as the cut­lass, is an­other very im­por­tant tool, but it has claimed the lives of many peo­ple in this crime­pol­luted coun­try. Too many Ja­maicans have al­ready been slaugh­tered by the ma­chete.

The knife, the ma­chete, and the gun – like three pow­er­ful mis­siles – in the hands of vi­cious hooli­gans, have turned Ja­maica up­side down into a bloody battlefield. I could add a fourth mis­sile: the stone. Some have been killed by the stone too – an aw­ful blow to the head by the wicked. Yes, the stone has claimed a num­ber of lives, too.

Stab­bing in­ci­dents, ma­chete slay­ings, and gun crime have be­come a norm in this blood­spilling so­ci­ety and have robbed our coun­try of many in­no­cent peo­ple. DON­ALD J. MCKOY don­aldm­ckoy2010@hot­

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