Homosexuality is bad and nothing but bad; no other name! But who am I to judge? Why not?
In 2013, the Pope was quizzed on this matter in one of his numerous trips to South America and he gave his verdict, “who am I to judge?” Homosexuality is the marital relationship between a man and man, as well as a woman and another woman. Homosexuality is also known as same sex marriage. It has completely brought irreverence to the natural and legal consummate relationship between a man and woman.
Homosexuality as far as I’m concerned is forbidden by God. The LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community is against the will of God. However, homosexuality has been from time immemorial, but it was not as outrageous as it is now. It is very despicable that homosexuality is now publicly admitted or associated with members of the Vatican family and the Christendom at large.
Today, from North America to Africa, Europe to Asia, Australia to South America, homosexuality has become a norm. Some countries are legalizing it, public figures proudly declaring their status as gays and lesbians, ‘Reverend Fathers’ involved in scandalous gay marriages and even the number one and second citizen of a country (Luxembourg) are also in the community. How odd!
With all these immorality going on in the world, this is the verdict of the Pope: “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?” This was the response given by Pope Francis. He escaped the question through a miscalculated assumption that is not very grounded or apt to face the test put before him.
The root or base for Pope Francis’ statement is however not far fetch from Matthew 7:1-5 which says, “Judge not that you be not judged.”
VERSE 2: “For with what judgement you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”
VERSE 3: “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?”
VERSE 4: “Or how you say to your brother, let me remove the speck from your eye; and look, a plank is in your own eye?”
But most importantly in VERSE 5, Jesus said, “Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck in your brother’s eye.”
Also, a maxim in Law says, “He who comes to equity must come with clean hands.” This maxim is applicable here.
From what I deduced from the verses above, Jesus was not against judging anybody but ‘provided’ that there is no plank in your eye (not being hypocritical) before you point hand to the speck in your brother’s eye. In other words, you can judge if you know you are blameless in what you are accusing somebody of doing. Also, if you know you have clean hands, then you can come to equity. You can come for justice if you know you are justified. These are vivid facts but the Pope said, “Who am I to judge?” How and why not?
The world is seriously going astray from what Jesus preached. People construe the Bible to suit themselves. The Pope should not have taken that ‘timid decision’ all in the name of flexibility. The world wants ‘freedom’ but uncontrolled freedom is intoxicating and that is why homosexuality is prevalent in the world today, especially in America. Shall we continue to live in sin and the grace of God abide? God forbid.
You can read Romans 1:21-32 to have a better understanding on sexual immorality and why it must not be condone. In essence of this subject matter, the Pope was not definite on the issue of homosexuality. His statement was obviously neutral which can be technically taken in the affirmative. He was not condemning the act neither was he against it. There was simply no YES or NO situation obtained from his response.
Finally, according to the Bible in 1 Corinthians 6:1-5, this is my verdict on judging one another. Verse 2, 3 and 5 is reproduced:
VERSE 2: Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
VERSE 3: Do you not know we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?
VERSE 5: I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there’s not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren? The above verses are explanatory enough on this subject.
This is one side of the coin. If you have the other, feel free to comment and share your view.
Paitor Odun is an advocate of good news and a praise and worship leader.
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