In this hard-hitting reposte to BONELA, Pastor EMMANUEL OWOLABI notes that some states in America last year passed a law that allowed soldiers to have maximum sexual joy with horses, dogs and donkeys. Will such legislation of bestiality, he asks, become BONELA's next bus stop? Let us be mindful of the fact that although dogs are sexually reckless, male dogs do not mate with each other, neither do female dogs
On Thursday and Friday last week, a major issue in Mmegi was on BONELA's desperate and outlandish affront to get their group of homosexuals recognised as a sub-culture in Botswana. I can understand why BONELA cannot comprehend why the Evangelical Fellowship of Botswana should constitute itself into a stumbling block in BONELA's insistence that homosexuals and lesbians should be accorded a pride of place in the culture of Botswana.
The Bible, the book for a successful and fruitful living, says in 1 Corinthians 1:18 that the word of God is foolishness to them that perish but the power of God to the saved. It is sheer wickedness and insulting for BONELA to contemplate convincing Batswana that the homosexual highway is the best way for them. We continue to pray that God will very soon ambush and capture BONELA leaders and their ignorant disciples like He did Saul and transformed him into Paul.Let BONELA be reminded that in all truly independent African countries, the homosexual lobbyists have been disgraced and chased underground. BONELA and their homosexual clients are demonic agents and the devil's disciples who can only take the country down into perdition. One still wonders why law enforcement agencies are allowing these enemies of society this much space. Let us be mindful of the fact that although dogs are sexually reckless, male dogs do not mate with each other, neither do female dogs.For BONELA to ever contemplate a meeting with the evangelical pastors to negotiate a co-existence with homosexuals is an assault on our sensibilities. How can light ever negotiate co-existence with darkness? God has made these pastors watchmen (Ezekiel 33:7-9) over God's houses in Botswana, and if they fail to warn the homosexuals and their lobbyists of the danger of their activities, God will require their blood from their hands. The seeming struggle between EFB and BONELA is the battle between light and darkness, progress and retrogression and between life and death. Sincerely, one continues to wonder what the attraction in homosexuality is.Only a warped and depraved mind can be inclined to it.
To remind BONELA and their clients, it was for the crime of sexual recklessness and homosexuality that God rained fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19). God specifically and emphatically warned His children in Leviticus 18:22, 23; 20:13,15, 16 against same sex mating and having sex with animals. Thus the pentecostal pastors have the bible for their guidance. Indeed, the bible is a book of life and a book for life. Though it was written over 2,000 years ago, all the warnings and issues the Bible raised are happening now with frightening frequency and impunity. Most of these pit-of-hell thoughts and acts began in the Western world, and one may expect very soon a request and agitation for legislation to allow sexual intercourse between human beings and animals. Some states in America last year passed a law that allowed soldiers to have maximum sexual joy with horses, dogs and donkeys. Will such legislation of bestiality become BONELA's next bus stop?
The implication of BONELA's request that their rights be accommodated within the culture is that other behavioural deviants and criminals would have the same right of argument. So rapists, robbers, murderers and alcoholics will form an association to fight for their rights to continue with their ignoble anti-social activities. I humbly recommend to BONELA Isaiah 55:7: "Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him, and to God, for He will freely pardon." The reiterated position of BONELA on LGBT rights that 'human rights are inherent in every human being regardless of their gender, gender identity, race, HIV status and sexual orientation', is predicated on false grounds. Is there any absolute human right anywhere in the world? Should your right trample on the culture of a society and the sensibility of its people? Don't serial rapists and other sex-perverts have the same rights? If every behaviour-deviant should come forward shouting from the roof-top about his right to
BONELA talked about the debatable position of Evangelical Christians on homosexuality. Let BONELA and its accomplices know that the Word of God is forever settled in Heaven. Our stand on homosexuality will forever remain the same, unless the words in the Bible change and God ceases to be God. I sincerely pray for the day that the Botswana Government will, as prophesied by their Director, pass an 'imprison-the-gay bill'. Let me briefly highlight some of the wickedness BONELA is unleashing on Botswana:
*Contrary to the opinion of former president Mogae, whom I suspect was deliberately misinformed, the prevalence and incidence of HIV/AIDS among homosexuals are more than double those among the normal population. So legalising homosexuality in Botswana would add more to the already huge burden of combating the scourge in Botswana. We are all aware that after several millions of US dollars spent on HIV/AIDS prevention and control, only a marginal success has been achieved.
*Decriminalising homosexuality in Botswana would create an upsurge in the homosexual population and sub-culture. You can be sure our children in primary and secondary schools would be the first recruits. Nobody can predict what the end result of this new breed of homosexuals will be. We are all aware of the high prevalence of hard drug abuse in our primary schools and secondary schools. Teachers and parents are under tremendous pressure to find a solution to this problem. Why compound the woes and helplessness of teachers and parents?
*There is strength and power in a high population. Botswana is striving to increase its population for increased personal and national development. Since homosexuals cannot produce children, it means as they die off, nobody will replace them. Now a scenario where all Batswana are homosexuals (God forbid!), which is the ultimate goal of BONELA, it means one day all Batswana would die off and there would be no replacement. Thus Botswana would cease to exist. These homosexuals are not even ashamed to argue that they would adopt children! Whose children would they adopt? An adopted child of an homosexual is automatically an homosexual. If homosexuals truly love children, why don't they produce their own?
*As the Vice President Ponatshego Kedikilwe rightly emphasised, Botswana should be striving to revive and strengthen the family and its values through legislative policies that encourage heterosexual marriages and the production of godly children. A country where less than 20 percent of the population is married and the large majority are either single parents or cohabiting is a disaster for the family and the stability and progress of the nation. The family is a unit of society. Where the family prospers, society progresses and prospers, and where the family breaks down, as is currently the case in Botswana, the problems and the 'scatter-scatter' are obvious for all to see. God did not make a mistake when He observed in Genesis 2:18 that it is not good that man be alone and then He created Eve to complement Adam. God also blessed this first couple to be fruitful, to multiply and replenish the Earth. Homosexuality is therefore a great and wicked sin against God and man.
*A country's culture is expected to grow and be better. What betterment and value is BONELA's homosexual gays and lesbians intending to add to the Botswana culture? Nothing. Instead they will add pain, sorrow, family destruction and degradation, more street children, more juvenile and adult delinquencies, more teenage pregnancies and parenthood, poverty, alcoholism and premature death, among others.In the name of Jesus, BONELA's gays and lesbians will not have their way in Botswana.