Desmond Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, two years later he became the first black South African Archbishop emeritus of Cape Town. He served in that position until 1996. The same year he was installed as archbishop, he won the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism. In 1987, he won the Pacem in Terris (Peace On Earth) Award.
In 1976, there were protests in Soweto which were called the Soweto Riots. These were protests against the government’s use of Afrikaans as the compulsory language of instruction in black schools. This line of thinking contributed to a massive uprising against apartheid.
During the period known as apartheid, Tutu supported an economic boycott of his nation. He called for a policy of disinvestment. This is the withdrawal of invested funds or the cancellation of financial aid, subsidies, or investment plans, as in a property or neighborhood.
Through disinvestment the poor in his nation suffered the most because the Rand devalued over 35 percent. This resulted in pushing the South African government toward reform. Tutu had no sympathy for the poor when he said, at least they would be suffering “with a purpose”.
Despite his opposition to apartheid, he was passive toward a coup regime in Lesotho where he taught from 1970–1972, and served as Bishop from 1976-1978. Critics accused him of having “selective indignation” concerning his attitude about the coup.
According to a report filed with the Social Issues Examiner on July 26, Tutu was very controversial when giving his speech in Cape Town. He said:
I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this.
He also added:
I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place.
He spoke these words at a press conference upon announcing the launch of Free and Equal. This is a United Nations global public education campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.
The words of Mr. Tutu are in direct opposition to the God of the Bible who he claims to serve. Paul said in Romans 1:26-28; “(26) For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature;
(27) and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
(28) And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.”
Leviticus 18:22 says, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” It’s very clear by this verse that God considers same-sex to be an abomination and a sin.
God is not just against homosexuality; he abhors any form of sexual immorality. Adultery and fornication are also practiced behaviors which are sinful. 1 Corinthians 6:9 says,
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites.”
God is very clear about those who practice sexual immorality, whether it’s adultery, fornication or homosexuality, they are considered unrighteous. The sins mentioned above are only three sins, of the many, that will keep a person from entering heaven.
All of us are natural-born sinners when we come into this world. Although we are born sinners, God still loves every one of us. He sent his son Jesus Christ to die for the sins of those who practice sexual immorality as well as those who are habitual liars.
The problem with society, yes even Christians, is that we often misunderstand and judge each other. As Christians it’s imperative that while we don’t agree with everyone, we are to love them regardless.
What God calls sin we must also call sin. This doesn’t mean we are judging the person sinning or even calling them out specifically. When we speak about sin, we should be calling it what it is and that’s sin.
Those like the Westboro Baptist Church who hold signs saying, “God hates fags” are speaking lies. They are not showing the love of Christ to the world. Christians should be speaking the truth with love. We are never to be hateful in our actions toward anyone.
God commands us to love, and as such we are to obey him concerning this. We are to show love to every person, even those who we might consider our enemies. (Please don’t misconstrue this about enemies, this is not saying that homosexuals are our enemies.) Maybe when the church can show true love to every sinner despite their sin, we will win more people to Jesus.
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