So what’s next?

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A Gay Pride Parade on Sunday, July 22, 2018?!

The LGBT community will be holding a Gay Pride March, shamefully, on a Sunday – a traditional day of worship for Christians in our Christian society. I am repulsed! Let me say up front, while I respect everyone’s right to their own sexuality, I have a major problem when they seek to violate our day of worship and to push their sexuality, which might be a private matter, publicly, in our faces.

The LGBT community has unashamedly used the colours of the rainbow as their personal banner. For Christians, the rainbow is God’s solemn promise that He will never again flood the earth with water. It is a sign of the covenant between God and man and should not be used as an emblem to represent depravity.

Homosexuality in any nation, from any person, on any level, is a gross violation of God’s plan for man and woman, male and female.  I am troubled by the upsurge in boldness, visibility and increased vehement and ostentatious behaviour of the gay community since the change in government.  There was a message on social media during the political campaign inviting all members of the gay community to “come out and vote BLP”.

Here is an edited extract from the message:

“My fellow Barbadians, citizens who are members of the gay community, the day of liberation is hours away.  We now have a real chance to finally bring this country in line with the rest of the world, by supporting and voting for the Barbados Labour Party. For years we have been struggling to have issues in our gay community addressed in a meaningful way but to no avail.  We must bring to an end this stranglehold the Christian people have on Barbados; we must turn their religion on its head.  Our time is now, and we must be vigilant.  This is our time now comrades, let us unite.”  

The gay community has vehemently denied any connection with this message, strongly stating that they never use the word ‘comrade’ as this is a political term and they have dissociated themselves from this message; but strangely enough, since the change of government, they have become more vocal. It begs the question then . . . ‘Why have they become so emboldened, stoic and unabashed with their lifestyle?’

I remain prayerful of our new Prime Minister, the Honourable Mia Mottley and her government. I pray for their success and that they will resist any attempt by the LGBT community, to influence them into making any decisions that will discredit them with God and the populace who has voted for them.

I want to lend my voice to that of the gathering of “Concerned Pastors” and state categorically, that we remain compassionate towards the LGBT community and as mandated by God’s Word we will love them and pray for their souls.

BUT “we must resist and destroy any attempt by the LGBT community to make homosexual preferences a human right in Barbados”. We “resist also, their attempt to deconstruct marriage and reconstruct it for the entire population”; “we resist their attempt to organize rebellion against God’s command, to multiply and replenish the earth”, and to impose their rebellion on the population. “We resist their attempt to sacrifice our future population, posterity, and sustainability, for an immediate homosexual lifestyle of pleasure. We further resist any attempt by small groups to impose, on the majority of the population, an unnatural, dysfunctional sexual practice, which is a classic definition of bullying.”

In the same way that the LGBT community is determined to be stoic, confrontational, strong and aggressive, we, the church of God in Barbados must stand up, speak out and remain equally stoic, confrontational, strong and aggressive, with the spirit of love and compassion for the benefit of our future generations, and the sustainability and preservation of our Christian values and morals.

Why should the majority sit by and allow a minority, with a thwarted, nonbiblical agenda, to silence us and run us underground? Why are church members afraid to speak out in the face of darkness and debauchery? When we stand for God, He will stand for us. When we stand on His Word, God will defend His Word.

Despite man’s quest to twist and pervert God’s word to suit his lifestyle, God’s word, the Bible, will always be the infallible, the indisputable Word of God.  The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way to salvation, the doom of sinners and the happiness of believers.  Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true and its decisions are immutable. It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgement and be remembered forever.  It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.

So let the question be asked after this Gay Pride Parade… What next?

Rev. Dr. Lucille Baird is the C.E.O and Founder of Mount Zion’s Missions International Inc.

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