How does one make sense out of horrific events such as the recent Orlando shootings? To be honest I don’t have the answer to that question. What is ever-present for me is a familiar sense of a grief and sorrow that I experienced after 9/11. Like many other people, I am trying to come to terms with what happened and how I can best respond to this tragedy.
Reading through my news feeds in the world of social media; I am grieved that people are slamming political figures and making this about gun control and ISIS. Let’s get real for a moment; at the time of this posting 50 people have lost their lives and 53 others have been wounded. These folks were and are someone’s brother, sister, son, daughter friend or significant other. Most importantly these are people made in the image of God and valued by Him. This shooting has left many within the LGBT community angry, afraid and confused. Friends, this is not the time to post cruel memes and make political statements. This is the time to mourn with those impacted by this tragic event. If you are a member of the LGBT community; I apologize on behalf of members of the Christian community who have been insensitive to your loss and fear.
As a member of the body of Christ I challenge my fellow Christians to extend prayer for those impacted by the shootings and the LGBT community and become the voice, hands and feet of Jesus. The world will not know the Love of God by what political meme you post or disrespectful statement you make in a blog or tweet about. Jesus said the world would know us by our love. The Bible calls us to be grace-filled, long-suffering image bearers to humanity. Yes, Truth matters, but if all people see is your concern for promoting political ideologies, your right to bear arms, or the need to bring down ISIS, they will never hear the Truth that can set them free. I urge you to display selfless love and concern to the members of the LGBT community.
I invite my fellow Christians to join me in prayer between now and June 30 for the LGBT community; pray for these things:
- That this tragedy which a man meant for evil will be turned into something God will use for good.
- That the Body of Christ will be equipped to reach the LGBT community. In addition that they would be equipped to walk beside those who want to resolve their faith and sexuality.
- Finally, friends pray that God will open doors for me to pursue full-time ministry and walk with others who struggle with same-sex attractions and equip the body of Christ on the issues of sexuality, gender, and marriage. That He would confirm and give me clear direction in this area.
Thanks for joining me,