Decision to hold gay pride parade filled me with sadness

Dear Editor,

 As a Guyanese and as a Christian, I have decided to make my stand here against the Gay Pride Parade held in the streets of Georgetown on June 2, 2018. I do so not on the basis of law, but on the basis of the values espoused by Jesus Christ on whom my faith is built. I do not expect everyone to hold or conform to my beliefs or values, neither should I be expected to agree with the beliefs, values or decisions made by others.

The decision to hold the Parade filled me with sadness rather than anger. To publicly express pride in a lifestyle that is displeasing to God, and to find solidarity in a lifestyle which embraces sexual preferences that are contrary to his Word are not only to dishonour him, but to court his displeasure, disfavour, and his curse. The God who lovingly took the time to create us in his image, and who had a purpose for our lives even before we were born, also called us to be holy as he is holy. We are all sinners and we have all fallen short of his glory (Romans 3: 23) but we are never to condone, embrace or celebrate sinful lifestyles or conduct.

It is with the same level of passion with which I stood up, assembled/marched against, and wrote about threats to democracy in Guyana, and it is with the same level of passion with which I stood up, assembled against, and wrote about the senseless murders of four year old Jamal Nedd, the “Robb street granny” – Clementine Parris, Simone Hackett, Courtney Crum-Ewing, the Linden martyrs, Dominic Bernard, Mahendra Persaud, and Mohamed and Bibi Munir , that I now choose to stand up for holiness and righteousness in Guyana. May God have mercy on us all.

Yours faithfully,

Loria-Mae Heywood

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