Monday, 18 December 2017
Moral decay, a recipe for legalising homosexuality

Moral decay, a recipe for legalising homosexuality

By Pastor Kusi APPIAH

A society does not come to accept homosexuality out of the blue. It begins from a decay in its moral fabric.

It begins from the cries that people should be allowed to "be themselves" and "express themselves" without reference to a moral code of conduct.
It begins from when immoral and shameful songs are hailed as "creative" and they enjoy massive play on our airwaves.
It begins from when it becomes fashionable to dress provocatively to occasions and be promised the spotlight.
It begins from when what it means to be bold and proud of your body as a lady is to show your nakedness, and you are sure to get people write some long English to defend you.
It begins from when nudity is painted as a form of art and we get "civilised" people tell us how uncivilised it is to condemn it.
It begins from when people who cohabit are celebrated on our screens and in the pages of our newspapers, and we are told they are enjoying the best of love.
It begins from when people are celebrated for giving birth out of wedlock, and for week after week, their pictures are splashed everywhere.
Singers wore skimpy dresses to shows, and I heard no condemnation from the religious world.
Profane songs were put out there and the churched joined in with the chorus. Immoral contents were shown on our TV channels, and we all quietly watched them in our homes.
Our local movie industries popularized illicit sex, and we hailed the actors as celebrities and even role models.
Do I hear the religious world come out to say our nation will never accept homosexuality?
What did we think the fruits of all we have kept quiet over so far will be?
Do I also hear people say our culture as a people frowns on it and therefore it cannot happen?
Well, I thought so of respect for the elderly until in the name of democracy, I heard young men heap insults on men old enough to be their fathers on the radio.
I thought so of nudity until I saw the mass support that people gave to women who promote nudity in the name of women’s empowerment.
I thought so of respect for intimacy until I saw when a young Ghanaian actress and a Nigerian musician living in open fornication were made to kiss on the television and people thought that was admirable.
Now tell me about that cultural card again.
We are hypocrites as a people, and it is not funny. We have been playing the ostrich for far too long.
I am not a communicator for the President, and I don’t intend to interpret what he said, but I think so far he has said the truth as it is.
Anyone who looks at how far we have come as a people and has carefully observed the trends cannot say a legalisation of homosexuality is not bound to happen.
If we keep rearing the cub telling ourselves it would never grow into a lion, we would, as the songwriter said, someday awake and look back just to find what we've lost.
Nobody has to tell us the laws our parliament will be enacting in the future, but it was Andrew Fletcher who said, "Let me write the songs of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws."
The songs on our airwaves and the pictures on our screens are telling enough, however loud we raise our voices to the contrary.
We cannot cut down the tree and hope to enjoy its shade.
When we remove God from the fabric of society and we allow ourselves to be led by our own judgements, nothing evil is impossible.

The writer is the pastor of Sakumono East Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church, who doubles as the Chaplain of Techiman Campus of Valley View University (VVU)