The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield, Free for CAPC Members
Butterfield isn’t proposing hospitality without personal boundaries, but hospitality that is open to having those boundaries widened for the sake of the gospel.
Jackson Mukasa, a 19-year-old transgender woman, and Kim Mukisa, a 24-year-old gay man, are currently standing trial in Uganda for having consensual sex. Uganda’s maximum sentence for sodomy is life in prison. Here’s what you need to know and why you should care:
Where’s the Christian outrage? Regardless of your opinion on the issue of gay marriage or homosexual acts as sinful, Mukasa and Mukisa are facing an unprecedented trial and possible conviction that irreparably impacts the rights and freedoms of countless others. Even if you stand under the belief that such a trial is “just” because it’s Ugandan law, we cannot ignore or neglect the fact that the trial is the direct result of mob violence. In fact, much of the support for the law has been perpetuated through LGBT-witch hunts and public outings, such as a tabloid publishing photos of Uganda’s “Top 100 Homos,” resulting in the murder of David Kato, who was beaten to death by a hammer.
This trial reveals one of the many gray areas in which Christians, even those who hold to conservative views of sexuality and marriage, should stand alongside those with whom they disagree because much more is at stake: our ability to disagree openly with one another. For example, while Christians should certainly not support or encourage a Satanist monument on state property, we can at least encourage the primacy and importance of religious freedom. Such pragmatism can be used by conservatives on the LGBT trials in Uganda. We should never turn a blind eye to injustice because the offense aligns within our moral framework.
Christians can stand up for Uganda’s LGBT community, not because we support open definitions of sexuality, but because we stand against injustice, mob violence, and unfair treatment under the law. Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill infringes on the freedom and privacy of its people, and when such a questionable law is then celebrated by murder and only carried out at the bludgeoning threats of a violent mob, what’s “legal” becomes mired in the unlawful. This is neither the justice nor the mercy for which we Christians long to see reign in the kingdom of God.
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