Friday, January 28, 2011

The Witness to Humanity

David Kato, voice for the voiceless, martyr for the marginalized, bore Christian witness for persecuted sexual minorities in Uganda and wider Africa.

His brutal murder echoes across the Anglican Communion, reminding us what is truly at stake in the controversies of these past years: lives, dignity, and a Gospel too often distorted by fear, prejudice, and hatred.
As with the martyrs of centuries past, Kato's voice seems to have more power in death than in life. An editorial in Uganda's largest independent newspaper shows a remarkable and undeniable shift is beginning, even in the face of dehumanizing legislation.
Kato is yet another witness among many who brings fresh meaning to the cross, and to Paul's unmistakable hope in Romans 14:8 -
If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.
May David's soul, the the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace.