During prime time television, it is ok to see women kissing other women and men “living together” with their fellow men and many find these shows a reflection of the real world. Many gay couples are now officially married and have a wonderful “family” together by adopting and giving unwanted and orphaned children homes. A few decades back people would have been thrown into dumpsters for dressing in drag but now it is now common to see gays everywhere and expressing who they are in whatever manner they seem fit. All of us have people we know who are part of the LGBT community and we are even friends with some. Being Christians, we are expected by society and by the Almighty to adhere to certain values and make it the foundation of our decisions and judgments (Article 7). With the outpouring of support for the LGBT community, Christians and the Church are often the target of criticism for not being open and welcoming to homosexuals. Many Christians are labeled as homophobes and it’s as if the tides have turned for the church and the LGBT Community. The Holy Scriptures serves as our guide in dealing with moral issues including that of homosexuality however, there is still contention on how the church should act with regards to homosexuals who are outside and inside the church. Where does compassion end and where will fortitude draw the line in dealing with the homosexual condition inside the church? What is the right attitude for us Catholics with regards to the acceptance of homosexuals in our communities and other denominations? And for homosexuals inside the Church, how should they see themselves and how should they respond to the redemption given to us by Jesus’ suffering on the cross? I. The Stand of the Church on Homosexuality For the Catholic Church, the practice of homosexuality is a grave sin. That was well established in the Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons (Ratzinger). But it is also stipulated in the document circular that these brothers and sisters should still be treated with respect as is due every person created by God and helped through pastoral care to pursue chastity. The Christian world is considerably a lot kinder to the homosexuals these days but that was not the case in the past. There may have been some actions of the Christian community that promoted stigma and injustice towards people that has this sexual condition. This stigma caused alienation of the homosexual from the faith and does not cater to their spiritual needs (Calimlim 18-19). A. Traditional Means of Dealing with Homosexuality by the Church Contrary to what most supporters of homosexuality might say, the Bible is very explicit in the condemning of homosexual acts as sin. When God created man in His own image He made the distinction that “…man and woman, He created them” (Genesis1:27) – God created only 2 sexes and nothing in between and the only meaningful, sexual relationship that the Lord sanctified for people is in the context of marriage between man and woman. The Lord’s destructive wrath and judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19 was caused largely by the lust that the men had for their same sex in those cities –
Author’s Number Date Dealing with the Homosexual “Condition” inside the Christian Church From biblical times people who act upon their attraction to the same sex have been ostracized and considered a disgrace but since the turn of this century the views on homosexuals have drastically changed…
Without a doubt, Gospel music has been vital aspect of association for many modern day Christians. Music has associated with rich harmonic tones and have been a key aspect of prayer for the Christians. Gospel music has been far outdated since the slavery era and has become embedded in the African roots.
In spite of the existence of bidding national and international statutes against discrimination, many countries experience challenges in providing equal rights to all citizens, including homosexuals and United States is not an exception. This paper discusses the rights of homosexuals in the United States, with particular focus on same sex marriage, adoption, serving in the armed forces and their access to social benefits in the country.
This is evident from the number of children in orphanages, who need to be adopted, cared for and loved. What rights do heterosexual couples or other people have to tell same sex couples, that they cannot parent and love a child, just as they do or even better?
Christianity is among the world’s major religions being with the largest number of followers (Butalia 107). There are a variety of denominations and divisions in the Christian religion with each denomination having its own guidelines that set it apart from the rest.
Various methods are generally implemented by the organizations to deal with such employees that include coaching and feedback system among others. In case, the employee’s behavior remains unchanged even after implementing the aforesaid approaches, then termination is considered to be the best viable option.
In essence, the bishop led polity is a model of church governance that involves a hierarchy in which a bishop carries the responsibility of shepherding the believers of this polity. Secondly, there is the Presbyterian polity in which elders have the responsibility of governing this church.
2000 years ago it was the Roman Empire then the Byzantine Empire who repressed the Copts and for the past 1500 years the Sunni Muslim majority has relegated them to second-class citizen status. Recently, following multiple regime changes in Egypt, Copts have endured increased instances of violence.
Tribal African music four hundred ago differed from European music. As one of the famous Gospel music artist states, “Gospel music is coming to the mainstream… Singers are coming out of the church and introducing the gospel style to a mainstream
The term Qui Tam is the shortened form of a well known abbreviated Latin phrase that translates to the term “he who prosecutes for himself as well as for the King” (Broderick, 2007, p.956, p.951). Before 1987, there was hardly any state which had formulated a