KENYA. by Rev. MICHAEL KIMINDU. SEPTEMBER 1, 2015.
Ezekiel 16:44-50. (48-50) Matthew 25:31-46
I spent the last 4 days at a conference which brought together pastors and LGBTIQ people activists. The objective of the conference was to bridge the gap between LGBTIQ allies and conservative Christian leaders drawn from mostly Pentecostal churches around Nairobi, Kenya. Not much was achieved as the majority of the pastors hold a rigid belief in the bible which does not allow open mindedness.
As I sit watching the world news on TV and witness the tragic death of migrants on their way to greener pastures, I am drawn to Ezekiel 16:46-50. What was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah? What is sodomy?
Ezekiel 16:46-50 (New International Version or NIV) reads:
46 Your older sister was Samaria, who lived to the north of you with her daughters; and your younger sister, who lived to the south of you with her daughters, was Sodom. 47 You not only followed their ways and copied their detestable practices, but in all your ways you soon became more depraved than they. 48 As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, your sister Sodom and her daughters never did what you and your daughters have done.
49 “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. 50 They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.
Ezekiel defined the sin of Sodom/sodomy as INHOSPITALITY to widows, orphans and strangers. He further defines sodomy as a culture of having plenty which the majority love. A culture of selfishness turning away from the needy and even sometimes describing the needy as lazy.
Sodomy is fueled by bad leadership, corruption and plunder of natural resources, land grabbing, nepotism and favoritism, leading to the lack of gainful employment for many youths.
Sodomy is, therefore, the cause of mass migration of poor people from Islamic and Christian lands to Europe, especially presently. When racism reigns supreme in some parts of the United States and other places, though in disguise, you can pin point sodomy in those countries.
When religious leaders engage in deceitful acrobatics to drain the poor in their congregation by promising healing and prosperity, this is sodomy. Yet the religious leaders traverse the globe castigating innocent LGBTIQ brothers and sisters for being whom God created them to be.
The people of Sodom (sodomites) were not same-sex lovers. Sodomites at that time, whatever their sexual orientation (heterosexual or homosexual), were people who ignored the needs of their neighbors.
In Matthew 25:31-46 we find Jesus teaching about entering the kingdom.
- Helping the needy
- Giving food to the hungry
- Giving water to the thirsty
- Clothing the naked
- Visiting the sick
- Visiting those in all kinds of prison
You do not need to use your sex organs to fulfill the commandments of love nor to break it. If you fail in the golden rule, you are a sodomite committing sodomy. Who are the sodomites in your country? Is your church harboring sodomites? Can you challenge sodomy in your neighborhood, church and country?
Editor’s note: For another article like this one see the article Pastors in Kampala name the “Sodomites” found in Uganda and Kenya
This blog was written by Rev. Micahel Kimindu of Kenya, and was published to his Facebook wall (time line) on September 1, 2015. It is reprinted here by Rev. Stephen Parelli who published this blog to the Internet from the home of a Couch Surfer host in the countryside of the environs of Pingtung, Taiwan, on September 3, 2015 at 6:05 am (or September 2, 2015, New York City time).
Photo: Pingtung, Taiwan. This photo was taken the morning of the publishing of this blog, from where the blog was published to the Internet. Photo by Steve Parelli