Do Queer Black Lives Matter To South Africa’s Christian Church Leaders?

By Thabiso Zulu | Oct. 16, 2020

'Are these the end of days?' This is the question that persists the most on social media platforms.

The Christian Bible does not say when will the world end. It is safe to say no one knows for sure. Moreover, it tells us about the events that will unfold towards the end of times – most of which are already taking place.

With the global pandemic that pervades in our communities, and the alarming statistics of people dying from it – where are Christian leaders to instill faith to the affected and hope for infected? It disappointed many how the leaders were fighting for churches to reopen, instead of using social media platforms and other forms of modern communication to engage with the followers of the Christian religion. While praising together can be an agreeable thing, surely there’s more to faith than the occasional pubic gathering. Gender-based Violence and the LGBTQIA+ Community

Femicide has been going on for quite some time now, yet our Christians leaders are not doing enough to address it. This coincides with how Christians preach to women to obey and respect men, at times contradicting morals about men valuing and respecting women. Are Christian leaders lacking the right scriptures to quote and meditate on to help fight this pandemic of feminicide that is ruining our country?

      “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,”
–  Ephesians 5:25

For centuries, the LGBTQ+ community has been told that there is something wrong with queer people 

There is not enough that has been done by Christian leaders to eradicate the stigma and hatred inflicted upon queer-identifying individuals. The leaders, however, have been successful in enabling guilt and shame to those who are queer, some attitudes of which encourage hatred by some members of the community. My country’s leaders have been adamant in not accepting my community.

      “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”
–  John 6:37

We need to acknowledge the vast difference between being tolerated and being accepted. Galatians 3:28 reads: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Does God hate queer people, or are Christian leaders simple quoting particular bible verses to use and promote their own agendas?

      “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”
–  Romans 15:7

We cannot ignore the fact that public figures have a substantial influence on young people: minds that are hungry for change, tired of being ridiculed and being shunned. Minds searching for diversity and inclusion. What they say matters to a huge population.

If the Christian leaders do not fight to go back to being the leaders that the young adults look up to, unfortunately other influences (often negative) will certainly gain huge momentum. Look around, our leaders, who preach about bringing change, fighting unemployment and other issues that have affected the youth – yet do not consult with the youth or include in decision-makings. Decisions supposedly being taken for a ‘better South Africa’ for all. How many complaints have been made about our leaders stagnant in their way of doing things at the expense of the change that the youth is yearning for? The South African youth has grown tired of fiddle promises made by Christian leaders to bring change in our societies, while they are failing dismally to soldier on and fight against the injustices in our country.

Do Black Lives Matter only when prejudice is a result of white people? When you oppress and harm the people of colour as a person of colour, should we not call you out?

      “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”
–  Ephesians :11

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