A message from Uche Sam, Director of Changing Attitude Nigeria

Uche Sam, Director of Changing Attitude Nigeria

Greetings in the name of our Lord.

Changing Attitude groups in Nigeria are located in Jos and in other towns and cities, but Jos is my focus today.

The plateau state of Jos is a home of peace and tourism. I mean peace in the sense of mutual understanding and the avoidance of violence where humans are able co-exist in peace. Tourism is about exploration and the adventure of visiting new sites and lands.

From the days gone by, people of different orientations, backgrounds, religions and beliefs have all lived in this state and still live here. In life each individual is entitled to the sense of belonging no matter their state, background, influence, wealth or educational background. Sadly this is not the case as some people are treated as minorities, outcast and mediocrities.

It is my personal opinion that, as the Bible says, we are all fearfully and wonderfully made by God and if that is the case, no one should be seen as less than another. It is in this light that I stand to fight for the right of the oppressed in society and in particular for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) persons.

Shocking as it will be to some, the Church as the Body of Christ is paramount in this segregation without having the proper understanding of individuals as it comes to Christian teaching. Individuals with what might be called questionable characteristics are treated as plagues, whereas the reverse should be the case as it clearly written that we all are created in God’s image and likeness.

If the Church claims to really love God as it professes then love for LGBTQI persons should not be an issue of debate but rather of acceptance and encouragement. In the words of Jesus, if you love me, you will feed my sheep. There are lots of verses in the scriptures that portray this love for everyone as much as you love yourself and God. What I am trying to put across here is the need for ACCEPTANCE of people in all our variety as created by God.

The bishops and pastors located in Jos such as Bishop Kwashi of the Anglican diocese of Jos, the Rev Dr Pic Onwochie of Trinity Anglican church and his Life Centre, Mrs Ekaette Etang of True love Waits and Daughters of Sarah who airs on Silver Radio, and Esther Ibanga of Home Front should be seen as icons for counsel, support and encouragement for LGBT people. They co-exist in Jos with the Changing Attitude group. But sadly, the contrary is the case they promote prejudice and condemnation against gay people.

Why! Why!! Why!!!?

Uche Sam
Director of Changing Attitude Nigeria

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