How God Feels About The Murder Of Edwin Chiloba

This is one of those articles that I tremble penning. It is a hot topic, and people are ready with billboards of opinions; some are careful and informed, while an outstanding majority are dumb, emotive, and reactive. Hashtags are trending, and people are speaking out their hearts and minds. Activists are preparing their campaigns and social media debates to air their concerns.

In brief, Edwin Chiloba, a Kenyan fashion designer, model, LGBTQ activist, and final-year student at the University of Eldoret was murdered in Uasin Gishu County on the 6th of January, 2023. The murder case is ongoing, with his partner Jackton Odhiambo confessing to having killed Chiloba because of cheating, suggesting that the two were in a homosexual relationship. According to reports in The Star, the suspect said he murdered Chiloba as revenge for betraying him. The two had been staying together as husband and wife for one year in Eldoret.

Edwin Chiloba and Jackton Odhiambo

Chiloba’s brutal murder has brought a lot of issues with it. From a humanitarian perspective, there is the issue of murder, which is criminal according to the laws of the land and thus calls for speedy legal redress for Odhiambo and his accomplices. No one deserves to be murdered by another in a society with laws and legal tools for dealing with conflicts. So, the murder case is one big issue here.

Apart from the murder in and of itself, there is the issue of LGBTQ(lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning) activism that the deceased had on his portfolio. This is a controversial subject in Kenyan society and culture. An average Kenyan deems LGBTQ concerns as western vices and does not countenance any of it. It is a culture shock to many, and most pro-LGBTQ people can only do so online and rarely in person in this part of the world as well as in many African Countries and even in the Middle East and most Asian Countries.

Therefore, amidst the fresh murder case, there is a subtle and opportunistic temptation to make things appear that Chiloba’s murder was due to his LGBTQ opinions, though this comes down tumbling as the main suspect is a bird of the same feather. The Gay Community are watching and waiting to take advantage of the same, though this will be to their disadvantage as the online community is already running the #sodomandgomorrah hashtag and distancing themselves from any sympathy with the LGBTQ community.

Most Kenyans identify with the Biblical order of heterosexual matrimonial relationships and have little sympathy for homosexual relationships or anything considered out of place with the acceptable norm. This is the reason why it is a hard nut to run around such campaigns and activism. We can’t control how everyone will react to it, as we know we have diverse worldviews and so the diverse responses. In the west and Europe, society is more kind to LGBTQ activists, and the rainbow standards are common even among professional athletes, and anyone who dismisses them attracts a public backlash. However, Africa and a good part of Asia are the exact opposite of the same, and the public response and even legal framework speak volumes about the same.

Cropped shot of a happy young couple spending time together outside

In the Bible, the story of the two cities, Sodom and Gomorrah, sheds little light on the issue of homosexuality. These cities were proverbial for wickedness, and the climax of their destruction and evil was homosexuality, suggesting it was a common practice that had been embraced in their cup of iniquity:

But before they retired for the night, all the men of Sodom, young and old, came from all over the city and surrounded the house. They shouted to Lot, “Where are the men who came to spend the night with you? Bring them out to us so we can have sex with them!” [NLT Genesis 19:4-5]
“Lot’s wife who turned around; saw the God’s destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and turned into a salt statue”

Besides Sodom, there is another instance of the same in the town of Gibeah:

While they were enjoying themselves, a crowd of troublemakers from the town surrounded the house. They began beating at the door and shouting to the old man, “Bring out the man who is staying with you so we can have sex with him.” [NLT Judges 19:22]

In the case of Sodom and Gomorrah, it resulted in the destruction of the entire city, and in the case of Gibeah, it almost led to the extinction of the tribe of Benjamin.

“If a man practices homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman, both men have committed a detestable act. They must both be put to death, for they are guilty of a capital offense. [NLT Leviticus 20:13] 

In the Bible, Homosexuality, as well as many other sexual offenses, attracted immediate murder. There was no remedy for them. No sacrificial system was instituted for them. Remember, this direction was given while the sacrificial system had been instituted, and people who sinned were directed to offer an animal sacrifice(this is before Christ died on the cross and the type met the antitype).

With the information that the Bible does not smile at homosexuality, most people of faith have had little sympathy for the LGBTQ community and its supporters. Some could even be celebrating the death of Chiloba. This brings me to the heart of the matter:

How Does God Feel About It? 

Having established that the Bible does not countenance Homosexuality, It is obvious that it does not stand reconciled with God’s purpose for humanity. While God has generously granted every human being the freedom of choice, no human being has the power to decide the consequence of their choice. We can choose to be kind or mean, heterosexual or homosexual, sinful or righteous, but the consequences are predetermined. God does not mix words here. He categorically states: 

“Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them,
For they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him,
For the reward of his hands shall be given him. [NLT Isaiah 3:10-11]

While anything at loggerheads with God’s eternal principle of right-doing eventually results in death, does God celebrate the death of rebellious and deceived? When anyone dies while embracing another power other than God or listening to another voice, it is heartbreak to God:

“Therefore you, O son of man, say to the house of Israel: ‘Thus you say, “If our transgressions and our sins lie upon us, and we pine away in them, how can we then live?” ’ Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’ [NLT Ezekiel 33:10-11]

God did not celebrate that a homosexual has been murdered. He didn’t rejoice that anyone planning to be an LGBTQ activist has been scared and will be hiding. God does not scare people into obedience. He presents to us His manifesto of abundant life and the results of the possible consequences. At the end of it all, our choices bring eternal doom or joy to us. Our choices are seeds that we plant, and life or death is the harvest that comes from the same.

Forget about Chiloba for a moment and think about yourself. Is there anything you’re practicing that God is very clear on to be dangerous to your life? One day it will kill you, and it will break the heart of God. The case we are dealing with is, in essence, a ‘couple fight’ but made a little technical by the issue of sexual orientation, which has brought us again to think about the complex issues that we are dealing with today. Going forward, the worse is yet to come, and we have every reason to be careful about the campaigns we will support. We should not be surprised to see our children being taught family concepts in the following manner:

Types of Families in the modern world

The Holiness and justice of God will one day demand that sinners and saints receive their due rewards. Until then, the voice of love pleads with a mixed multitude of saints and sinners, “turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?”

39 thoughts on “How God Feels About The Murder Of Edwin Chiloba

    1. Barrack,
      Thank you for the update on sexual orientation. My question which you may tackle in future posts. How do we deal with people like ‘Darlan’ from Homabay who claims to have both sexual organs?

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  1. Thanks Barack for sharing such insightful truths, that keep reminding us as Christians that we are living in the last days and need to be very keen on our walk with Christ and what he expects of us. Let the word of God be standard measure that we live by, lest we fall pray to worldly traps set by the devil himself.

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  2. Biblical Sexuality.
    Perhaps the time is right.
    Perhaps it’s time Kenya, the church, had that conversation.
    Soon an very soon, Kenya will be the mini-West of this East part of Africa.

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  3. You explained very well and anyone either from which side of affiliation if they go through this surel they should understand. What the community of the concerned sex oriantion don’t want to consider is the effect they impose by their compain against nature and above all against God. There are people who have the mind of stealing even if they lack nothing so should they be legalized as well because it’s their feeling? If a guy attacked another gay because he felt cheated, does that mean the one cheating does not have the rights and if their feeling is of cheating to harmonise and legalised it? So who is cheated more the creator of human kind who said sex is only between male and female counterparts and the created who is not acknowledge his / her creator? The whole story is just Sodom and Gomorrah and the end result is dead.

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  4. Thanks Barack for sharing such insightful truths, that keep reminding us as Christians that we are living in the last days and need to be very keen on our walk with Christ and what He expects of us. Let the word of God be the standard measure that we live by, lest we fall pray to worldly traps set by the devil himself.

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  5. What’s good about being homosexual anyway?! Wickedness! Wickedness! Thank you Barack, for the great information here–People must turn away from their evil acts, because when Jesus comes, He will reward the obedient and the disobedient will face the consequences!

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  6. Left, right & center , I see consequences of the fall in each passing second. Sad!
    What is so sacrosanct with the LGBTQ that it can’t be conversed upon? The trending episode has caused mayhem and many alike , the proponents and the opponents are in imbroglio whether or not to subscribe to the murder committed and “loyalty” omitted. Your writing herein, with a firm background and irrevocable biblical references open our eyes as a society to deeply, tremblingly and soberly ask and seek for the old waymarks that we may walk in such holy ways of Jehovah, and knowing clearly as you’ve stated that our choices are the seeds sown, life or death, is the harvest. Either way, the harvest must be in abundance. May God help us to have an abundant harvest of eternal life, and that our highest form of worship , obedience, must be exercised NOW! THUS SAYS THE LORD.

    Thanks Owili for the piece.

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  7. I thank you for this insightful piece. The world is in need of such light.Indeed you are the light of the world.keep shining. Glory be to God.
    This article is reminding me of the last days events and the joy of trusting and obeying our Creator and LORD.
    We are salt to the world, it is time people to taste our saltiness

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  8. Every human being is valuable in the sight of God, and we seek to minister to all men and women in the spirit of Jesus. We also believe that by God’s grace and through the encouragement of the community of faith, an individual may live in harmony with the principles of God’s Word.

    I believe that sexual intimacy belongs only within the marital relationship of a man and a woman. This was the design established by God at creation. The Scriptures declare: “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh” (Gen 2:24). Throughout Scripture this heterosexual pattern is affirmed.

    The Bible makes no accommodation for homosexual activity or relationships. Sexual acts outside the circle of a heterosexual marriage are forbidden (Lev 18:5-23, 26; Lev 20:7-21; Rom 1:24-27; 1 Cor 6:9-11). Jesus Christ reaffirmed the divine creation intent: “‘Haven’t you read,’ he replied, ‘that at the beginning the Creator “made them male and female,” and said, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?” So they are no longer two, but one’” (Matt 19:5, ). For these reasons I am opposed to homosexual practices and relationships.

    Thanks for the article.

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  9. I believe Sodom and Gomorrah burnt for more than their sexual sins. “When you look at passages such as Deuteronomy 32:32-33, Isaiah 3:9-16, Jeremiah 23:14, and Ezekiel 16:49, you see multiple references to Sodom’s (and Israel’s) sin of pride and hatred. Words like haughty, bitter, venom, wanton, idleness, (when they could have been helping others) leap out of the verses as a description of a self-absorbed, hedonistic people who cared nothing for others. So, some theologians and scholars have claimed, especially based on Ezekiel 16:49, that the real sin of Sodom was not homosexual behavior, but that God judged them for pride. Biblically, one could see the initial validity of making this argument—but it is placing all the emphasis on verse 49 and ignoring verse 50. ”
    Also as a Christian I believe that as we ground our convictions in God’s unchanging, perfect, Word, we must speak with compassion in our hearts. The issue of gender dysphoria is more complex and shouldn’t be ignored. The LGBTQ community does not exist because it wants to exist. How do we explain a woman born with a penis and a man born with breasts. This is not a black and white issue as we all want to make it.
    The greatest stories of the Bible: Creation, Fall, and Redemption of man tells us that we should not be shocked that humans experience desires that will not in fact bring about the wholeness they are seeking; and equally that we can never be self-righteous about how others struggle or sin. This post sounded judgy and self righteous. catch my drift?.

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  10. This is so deep and fascinating..
    I love how God is pictured here … This reminds me of Christ’s attitude when he dwelt with man here below”Seeing men how God sees them” .
    Nice lesson didn’t see this coming
    God bless you bro.

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  11. Thanks for talking about this sensitive issue. We may not be homosexuals but there may be sth that we are holding on to and for that we will be destroyed. Let’s go to Christ for cleansing, let’s bow before him and we will be washed. God desires that none of us is lost, not even one and that’s why he is faithful and just to forgive. Let’s look at calvary and live again… There is hope still for a sinner… And while He calls harden not your heart…. The door is still open and Christ is calling us…. ” O sinner, you can come home at anytime….

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