Reverend: Extend love to homosexuals

Stop judging and getting “bogged down in the whole hell and damnation thing” and extend love to the homosexual community.

That is the message an Anglican priest is sending to the church.

In an interview with Barbados TODAY, Reverend Davidson Bowen said while the church was using Biblical scripture to support its condemnation of those who engage in relationships with members of the same sex, “homosexuality goes a lot deeper than the sexual act”.

Reverend Davidson Bowen
Reverend Davidson Bowen

“What I will say to the church is that our job is not to judge; our job is to love. It is not love some and not love all or to love those and not the others. As long as we love, we’ve covered our bases,” he said.

“The position that many persons take is that God somehow did something wrong, as if a person has been produced like cans and this one got in a dent or didn’t come out too cylindrical. There are homosexuals in our midst [but] our job is to love. If we love then we’ve executed our duty.”

The reverend pointed out that there have always been homosexuals among us, but their community was gaining more attention because more people were becoming comfortable with their sexuality.

The clergyman’s view on the controversial matter comes amid calls by members of Barbados’ lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community for more recognition, including the passage of gender-neutral legislation.

Several members of the community recently came out publicly and declared their sexual orientation.

Earlier this month, the Barbados Gays, Lesbians and All-Sexuals Against Discrimination (B-GLAD) released a report on the challenges facing members of the LGBT community.

The document stated that these persons faced “a level of discrimination which can be best described as covert oppression – hard to pinpoint but evident to all”.

Reverend Bowen acknowledged the sensitivity surrounding the issue, but stressed that people who do not support homosexuality should also be respected.

“The problem I have is with persons who present their lifestyle and you have to accept it. There are obviously persons who are not comfortable with homosexuality. It [should not be a situation where] if you don’t accept it, something is wrong with you. I don’t think that is right,” he said.

“We all have choices. If that is the choice that some people make, then that is their choice,” the cleric added.

28 Responses to Reverend: Extend love to homosexuals

  1. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams January 5, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Be strong

  2. Adam Forester
    Adam Forester January 5, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    De man that talk bout weed at a funeral wantvde bullers lol

    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria January 5, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      It is quite possible to love your fellow man, without condoning everything he does. Remember that CHRIStians, which include the Reverend Bowen, are supposed to be CHRIST-like in the way in which they treat others and live their lives. Jesus CHRIST advocated brotherly love, compassion and TOLERANCE.
      JOHN 3:17: For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

  3. Veronica Straker
    Veronica Straker January 5, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Everyone wants their 5 seconds of fame.

  4. Joseph Harding January 5, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    You are so right. The church & the wider community needs to change their attitude and be more caring.

  5. Clare Seale
    Clare Seale January 5, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    Omg yes! Thank you. You don’t have to like or support the lifestyle. At the end of the day all of us just want to be respected.

  6. Sandra Als-Browne
    Sandra Als-Browne January 5, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    That reverend need to READ first corinthians 6 verse 9 .love the person but hate what they do is nasty

  7. Shaneza Sharmila Bacchus
    Shaneza Sharmila Bacchus January 5, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    I’ve never understood using religious doctrine to justify hatred. Everyone is entitled to equality under the law and there is no excuse for discrimination based on race, gender or sexuality. And all those who want to trumpet the Bible as justification for prejudice should do well to remember that those very verses were used to justify atrocities like slavery, apartheid and denying black people equality under the law. Don’t hide behind religious doctrine as an explanation for your hatred. It is hatred plain and simple. Is that what Jesus taught?

  8. Sandra Als-Browne
    Sandra Als-Browne January 5, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    So you are saying the bible wrong I live by it thanks for the bible

  9. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne January 6, 2015 at 12:25 am

    The Caribbean Court of Justice is going to rule on whether Barbados and other CARICOM states will have to drop their buggery or gay laws. So until then sit tight and wait on the court to decide for Barbados.

    • Shaneza Sharmila Bacchus
      Shaneza Sharmila Bacchus January 6, 2015 at 1:44 am

      Change against injustice never came about by people “sitting tight and waiting”. Keeping quiet is what perpetrates atrocity.

  10. James Mascoll
    James Mascoll January 6, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Priest is just a headline chaser hock on fame”NO 2 FAG”

    • Davidson January 6, 2015 at 7:23 am

      Morning James, I don’t have time chasing headlines cause I am working with deadlines. All these stories came out of a few questions in one interview that lasted probably 15 minutes. If BT decides to pull and stretch them out how they want, that is their right. No stress, have a great 2015.

  11. Gerald V. Paul
    Gerald V. Paul January 6, 2015 at 3:23 am

    Amen! GOD’s …AGAPE LOVE: no hate for your fellow Barbadians. Prayers..Blessings…

  12. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 6, 2015 at 4:52 am

    There is NO need under the sun to keep going on about Homosexuals. Everyone have their beliefs and opinions regarding the subject and that will not change. They are someone’s daughter or son accept them for who they are. What we must do is to love, respect and cause no harm to each other. Wanna need to concentrate on stamping out the nasty disgusting perverts that prey on children.Some households does keep real quiet because wanna put he pervert and money before the safety of the child. Ye without sin cast the first stone.

  13. Louise King
    Louise King January 6, 2015 at 6:33 am

    word saint mean satan is de crucifix –mean X X X—DE CROSS

  14. Tyga Woodz January 6, 2015 at 8:35 am

    why pastors even try to make it seem like nothing is wrong with being a homo? Its right there in the bible, same sex lovers are an abomination in the lords eyes, So tell me Mr Pastor are u playing a major role in contradiction

  15. Patrick Marshall January 6, 2015 at 9:44 am

    finally some one that understand that sexual preference has nothing to do with Christianity

  16. carter January 6, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Rom. 1:26-28, “For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper.”

  17. carter January 6, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Lev. 18:22, “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”1
    Lev. 20:13, “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them.” No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and the devil so live your life like there is a GOD or be gay and life for the devil .If God had intended homosexual behavior to be a viable sexual alternative for some people, He would not have condemned it as an abomination. It is never mentioned in Scripture in anything but negative terms, and nowhere does the Bible even hint at approving or giving instruction for homosexual relationships.Homosexual activity and pre-marital or extra-marital heterosexual activity are all sinful attempts to find sexual and emotional expression in ways God never intended.In the beginning the Creator made them male and female. For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh (Matt 19:4, 5) B-GLAD should be name BE-SORRY

  18. Carter January 6, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    We can’t live our own lives, doing whatever we feel like and expect God to forgive us on Judgement day. It just doesn’t work like that.
    We have too much too lose!
    Everyday you have a choice – To live for Jesus or to fall away from Him.
    God gives you the freedom to choose for yourself, so essentially it’s up to you where you end up when you die. Your choices, your actions. What you did or did not do.
    Don’t get me wrong, God is the only one who can judge you..
    But we need to remember that He will judge you.
    It’s serious stuff, something I urge you not to take lightly.

  19. lester carter January 26, 2015 at 11:12 am

    This topic always bring about great emotionalism nevertheless facts are there to support that homosexuality is unnatural.
    Science such as human biology, and forensic anthropology dictates that there is male and female, no other sex. So if you have a problem with the bible at least see the sciences that shoots down this so called alternative lifestyle. Homosexuals are determined to redefine what is family, marriage, male and female etc. Homosexuality is an affront to our God.

  20. Alex Alleyne February 7, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I notice the POPE has approves “spanking” . I think that he should take the paddle and spank all his fellowmen who go around taking advantage of so many young boys world over and mess them up for life . POPE lets start at the begining .

  21. Brandfield ward April 5, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    God know the priest heart, he should be ministering the word of God and not his own.i don’t have to judge the priest or any gay persons. God will do that, but I will not accept any of them as okay lifestyle. I will not hate the person, but I will hate what they do. Are we to love murders liars adulterers and etc? No, but we all have them in our families, and still we love the person but not what they has done. Preacher man, God has you to judge, not me. Barbadians, hold on to what the word say and not someone say. Why did God destroy Sodom and a Gomorrah ? Thanks he just made me read Genesis chapter 18,19 & 20. The devil is a liar.

  22. Charles Worrell May 4, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Reverend, while one must come to the place of love for each and every one of God’s children, please understand that God put His church down here on Earth and its purpose is to represent Heaven. There is way too much tokenism and compromise when it comes to God’s Word. God said IT IS WRONG FOR MALE TO LAY WITH MALE AND FEMALE TO LAY WITH FEMALE. WE have got to come to a place where God’s Word is final in our lives.
    This position is not to be confused with hating anybody because this is not our mandate. What then is the emphasis: get the Word of God to each and every one of them and let them understand that theirs is WRONG as far as God is concerned and it wasn’t put in a way that ask our opinion, GOD’S WORD IS CLEAR AND CERTAIN and as a man of God, hopefully called by God to ministry, your PRIORITY is to CARRY THE WORD of God not the emotion or social dimension of the people of the world. You are here Sir, to bring the Light of God to a people in darkness who believe that their position, while politically expedient circumvents God’s Word. It Does Not and Never Will.
    CHANGE then, is your message not receiving this lifestyle into the society under the guise of loving everybody. It is here yes, BUT needs to be eroded according to God’s Word and this is where your effort needs to go. Yes, God’s position is Clear and the mandate undeniable.!

  23. Claire Small-Warner May 23, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Jesus loves all men. He loves them enough to tell them when they are wrong because He doesn’t want any of them to perish but to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Repentance, not tolerance or acceptance. If a bus is speeding down the road and someone you love is standing in the road; you don’t say “I love you so stand there if you like.” You say “Look out! Move!” That is not hatred or condemnation. That is wisdom and love. You don’t want them to be run over. So for us all Jesus came. We all have sin. Does that mean we should accept it? That is just as stupid as everybody standing in front of a speeding bus. MOVE! RUN!

  24. Alex Alleyne June 7, 2015 at 9:32 am

    A Church in INDIANA USA now has “The First Church of Cannabis” est: March 26 . 2015
    Soon you guys will be rooting for such here in BIM in order to say “we are going first world” . Can’t afford to be left behind . its the ‘NEW” thing.


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