Is ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity a sin?

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SOCIETY - Brian Chitemba Act­ing Re­li­gious Af­fairs Editor

IN A so­ci­ety where ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity has al­ways brought out mixed feel­ings, a fierce de­bate was ig­nited last week when a St John’s Col­lege deputy head, Mr Neal Hovelmeier, re­vealed his sex­u­al­ity to the school’s pupils. Some par­ents im­me­di­ately de­manded the res­ig­na­tion of Mr Hovelmeier. By the end of last week Mr Hovelmeier had ten­dered in his res­ig­na­tion even though the school au­thor­i­ties had been sup­port­ing him.

Same-sex mar­riage, ac­cord­ing to the laws of the land, is il­le­gal.

The statutes do not en­ter­tain ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity and var­i­ous re­li­gions also strongly con­demn same-sex re­la­tion­ships.

Prom­i­nent African Re­li­gion Tra­di­tion (ATR) leader Sekuru Fri­day Chisanyu said Mr Hovelmeier was out of line in pro­nounc­ing his sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion to the pupils.

“In African tra­di­tion, our val­ues and norms don’t al­low such acts. It’s strange, weird and dis­gust­ing. If it was in the vil­lage, we would take such peo­ple to the chief or the head­man.

“As tra­di­tion­al­ists, we con­demn this in the strong­est of terms. A teacher should not go pub­lic with his sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion. What was he try­ing to achieve? To re­cruit our school go­ing kids into his dirty acts?”

Cler­gy­man Apos­tle Tawanda Chikeya said the Holy Bi­ble is clear that God doesn’t tol­er­ate ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity. He said it is a sin.

He ex­plained, “In the Bi­ble the two words - or­di­nances and statutes - are used in­ter­change­ably as they carry the same mean­ing.

Or­di­nance and statutes are not ne­go­tiable and they don’t change through­out gen­er­a­tions. There­fore, the Lord spoke to Moses in Leviti­cus 18 verses 5 that, ‘You shall there­fore keep my statutes and my judg­ments, which if a man does, he shall live by them: I am the Lord’.

“In Leviti­cus 18 verse 22, He (the Lord) said, ‘You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abom­i­na­tion’. The word abom­i­na­tion means some­thing very bad or un­pleas­ant in the sight of God.”

Apos­tle Chikeya said those who prac­tice ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, just like idol­aters, for­ni­ca­tors, adul­ter­ers, drunk­ards and thieves, will not in­herit the king­dom of God (1 Corinthi­ans 9:9).

But Ro­man Catholic priest Fa­ther Clif­ford Nhetekwa said some peo­ple are born with genes that make them act like boys when they are girls and vice versa. He said this is not a sin.

He ex­plained that it will only be­come sin if that per­son then prac­tices ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity.

In Is­lam, ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity is also con­demned in the Holy Quran through the story of Prophet Lut – known as Lot in Chris­tian­ity.

The story of Lot de­tails the de­struc­tion of the cities of Sodom and Go­mor­rah, where ram­pant ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity was be­ing prac­tised. Men even at­tempted to have sex­ual re­la­tions with God’s an­gels when they had vis­ited Lot’s house.

As a re­sult of the prac­tises, God de­stroyed Sodom and Go­mor­rah with fire. The term sodomy was de­rived from the story of Sodom and Go­mor­rah in the Book of Gen­e­sis.

Alive In Christ Min­istries leader prophet Arthur Bu­randa sign­ing his mar­riage cer­tifi­cate while wife Tracy looks on dur­ing a wed­ding cer­e­mony in Harare re­cently

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