I have a number of homosexual friends and family whom I love dearly. In addition, I work in the HIV/Aids testing and treatment industry, which means I have a lot of interaction with individuals from the LGBTI community. In fact, my mother wrote the South African Aids Council’s LGBTI National Strategic Plan.
Though I absolutely do not agree with the life choices that these individuals make, I also don’t always agree with the choices I make myself. ‘We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’ (Romans 3:23), so I attempt to treat all people with love—irrespective of their choices. Not only is this the new command that the Lord Jesus gave us (John 13:34-35), but I hope to develop relationship to build trust and guide those individuals to the Lord in the process.
However, a number of the churches here have, due to political and popular pressures, commenced officiating homosexual marriage. The Bible is quite clear on the fact that homosexuality departs from God’s intended design and that it is a sin. Therefore, I am troubled by the choices of these churches and the insistence of government to coerce and force churches into officiating these marriages. I’m not disputing the legality of homosexual marriage, but question the role of the church in the matter.
I’d like to hear your thoughts and guidance on the matter please? Thank you.