Resisting sexual imperialism

I am appalled at the militancy and arrogance with which President Obama seeks to impose his and the American government’s non-biblical sexual ethics on African nations in particular.

With stridency and prophetic passion he instructs these nations on the manner in which they should run their in-house business. Like Caesar Augustus he magisterially declares what human rights is supposed to encompass.

The funny thing is that the human rights bully pulpit from which he stands to speak is resting on a foundation which he has long since undermined and discarded, the Judeo-Christian world view.

Where else can we lay claim to human rights except from the book given by the Creator who gave these inalienable gifts to men as the U.S. constitution which the President seeks to destroy affirms? Certainly not from the Greeks. They forced Socrates to drink hemlock because he was exercising the right of free speech and they did not like what he was saying. As a “Christ figure” he died for speaking the truth.

In a culture that has long since jettisoned the absolute standards of the Rock of ages and now rests on the shifting sands of situation ethics or relativism, President Obama has no basis for making any moral and ethical demands of anyone. Besides, his moral perceptions are twisted and distorted.

What about the rights of the unborn or those born through aborted abortions? They are the weakest and most vulnerable people and cannot even speak for themselves or demand any rights.

Nobody hears their whimper or understands their pain when the surgeon’s scalpel and the saline solution terminate their existence before they could see the light of day. We can easily justify our sins while condemning the actions of others as evil because what they are doing does not fit our agenda.

At one time the white man thought of Africa as the Dark Continent physically and culturally. Now Africa is showing greater enlightenment than those western nations which believed that they had the light. Yes, they have brought the light of the Gospel to Southern Africa and assisted the continent educationally and scientifically. But African culture thrived and flourished long before there were any American and European nation states.

Africa has nurtured and cherished moral values and transcendental virtues which these so-called enlightened nations are demanding that they discard. What gross impertinence!

I admire the principled stand taken by the President of the Nigerian Catholic Conference of Bishops in which he faced down the arrogance of western nations. has the following comment: “The president of the Nigerian Catholic Bishops’ conference, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, wrote to the President saying that the government’s decision “not to bow to international pressure in the promotion of unethical and immoral practices of same sex union and other related vices” is “a courageous one and a clear indication of the ability of our great country to stand shoulders high in the protection of our Nigerian and African most valued cultures of the institution of marriage and protection of the dignity of the human person.”

One would have thought that in an age when nations are supposed to be affirming their worth and distinctiveness their opinions and laws would be respected. But no, those who consider themselves more equal than others are imposing theirs on the ones whom they consider inferior or retrograde. They claim that this is the era of multiculturalism and pluralism but at the same time are intolerant of those who are different.

Hooray, Africa! Stand up for your right to maintain transcendent cultural values. When the wealthy try to pressure you by withholding their aid or grants the God whose standards you seek to uphold will provide for you. He has blessed you already with enormous natural resources and will show you how to discover and use it to benefit your people. Be reminded that righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people.

One day the nations will stand before God to answer to him for the violation of his righteous standards. What will count on that day will not be the fake claims of having upheld human rights but having done what is right in the eyes of God.

Your final judge will not be an American, U.N., or a European president but the Sovereign Lord Jesus Christ, God’s appointed Supreme Justice.


Alfred Horsford

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