Uganda is set to revive its aim to legislate the death penalty for homosexuals. The Left will, no doubt, pick up on this and will use it as a hammer to beat down any opposition to the licentious lifestyle promoted by the LGBTQ + community.
Of course, no one wants to see people killed by legal sanction because of sexual deviancy, except, perhaps the extreme fringe of the Theonomic and Reconstructionist movement. So, this article, and most importantly, any opposition to ungodly sexual behavior, ought not to be considered an endorsement that we start killing people because they are defiantly and decidedly different.
However, and this is a question that needs to be heard within the ranks of professed Christians: Which society is at least trying to take biblical morality seriously? Uganda or the USA? Some will shirk at this, but the Old Testament does have a penal code that at one time was enforced for all sorts of unethical and immoral behavior, and, for other seemingly lesser sins such as gathering sticks on the Sabbath.
Are we so eager to indict God, to put Him in the Dock, so to speak, that we close our ears and rush headstrong at the Lord in an accusatory manner much like the religious zealots ran at Stephen the first martyr?
There will no doubt be outrage by a majority here in the West at Uganda’s projected treatment of Homosexuals. But we must remember that God is the righteous Judge of the Earth. Someday, he will do right. And doing right will mean judging all those who fail to love his appearing (2 Tim. 4:8).
Christians may in good faith disagree about the question of what God commands from civil governments. The position of this site is that public displays and enticements to homosexuality in the church age ought to be prohibited under public decency laws. But Christians cannot in good faith disagree that God defines and God judges sexual immorality, and that homosexuality is one of the sins God abhors most chiefly.
As the Apostle John reminds us: “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life” [Revelation 21:27].
We reject human tyranny as displayed in Uganda. But as Christians we do prepare our hearts to accept a single King with a single rule. May we reject the twin dangers: that of celebrating sexual sin, and that of making ourselves the lord over others when vengeance belongs only to One.
[Editor’s Note: This article was contributed by Theodore Zachariades. It originally appeared in a significantly different form. Cody Libolt has made substantive edits to better align the post with the editorial position of Pulpit & Pen.]