Orlando and a Christian Response

Posted: June 13, 2016 in Uncategorized

I am deeply upset about Orlando. About the shootings, about ISIS, about all of it.

I was, however wondering about those “conservative” believers who believe that gay people are going to hell. That the madman that shot 49 people and died himself is in fact “doing God a favour” as Jesus put it at the end of the beatitudes.

The problem with Orlando, with those views, is that there is no fence. You either love the people concerned with an unconditional, sacrificial love as Christ would, or you celebrate their religious execution as fulfilling your desire for a completely heterosexual world, the world that you think would please God. Or would it?

Those who died thought they were in a safe place, the church, should be, a safe place but so many LGBT people don’t feel it is, they feel they will be pressured to miraculously become straight. What might surprise you is that if you go to a gay bar no one will pressure you to become gay.

At this time we may upset the leaders of the day by putting compassion above rules, Just like Jesus would. For Jesus healing was more important than the sabbath laws, for him bringing people to his safe place meant going to where they were and opening the gates of the Kingdom of Heaven, not slamming them in the persons face.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18

Let’s pray and hope that Orlando perhaps will bring Christians to understand that rejecting someone because they might be “different” from you, even if you can back it up with the Bible, doesn’t make it right.

Love

Paul.

 

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