It is probably against popular belief that faith is a retrogressive factor in human rights advocacy which I shared my views, earlier on Instagram which you can follow here.
It is in fact very worrying to ignore especially in the advocacy of human rights in Ghana (Africa) where many people are imbibed in religion and culture.
At my last panel discussion where we discussed gender equality, an issue came up with how the Bible fights against gender equality by pushing women to the back of decision making, not to speak in public, to submit to men and not have a voice. It is indeed sad that people take these issues to be applicable in our societal contexts today. A lot of things stated in the Bible at the time, made sense in their social contexts, constructs and traditions but now, most of those things do not apply. For example, Paul admonished Christians not to have female preachers but now there are many ordained preachers and prophets of the Gospel. Paul said that based on their societal contexts at the time with many reasons so as to reach many people without causing retrogression in the propagation of the gospel.
The Bible made mention of the fact that women should cover their head but that was just an expression of how women dressed in that society and tradition. How many women will survive in such clothing today in the tropics (very hot parts) like Africa. It is not our way of clothing. If any woman will be comfortable wearing that, FINE! If not, God does not restrict any person in that regard. That is NOT a requirement to salvation as a christian.
For me, I strongly believe that my faith is one of the major reasons why I will always speak for people without a voice…it is the reason why I find purpose in giving hope, voice to people who feel they don’t even deserve it because of what society constantly tells them. It is okay when the majority who feels favored by the system as well as the few who has accepted injustice as a norm to go on with their lives. But it is NOT okay for people who feel neglected and served injustice to have to live their lives in misery promoting a cycle of treating injustice as the norm.
I am christian and I follow a man who fought for a prostitute’s right of association when people thought she wasn’t fit, a man who fought for an adulterer’s right to live when everybody thought she deserved to die, a man who fought for the rights of children to be bold enough to step into a crowd of adults and dignitaries, a man who gave a woman freedom of speech in a time where women weren’t allowed to speak, a man who gave someone who was to suffer death penalty to be set free and even one who suffered death penalty another chance to life. There’s no better human rights advocate I know than Jesus Christ who was angry about injustice and took it personally. I love this unconventional man of faith who was hostile to religion and embraced love. His name is Jesus Christ. Curious about him, find out more in the Bible. All who heard about him before today as being against human rights is a BIG lie. Read about him and who knows, you might love him too.
Proverbs 31:8-9 “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”