Overcome Hate With Love
Today marks the most deadly shooting in US history.
A terrorist entered Pulse night club in Orlando and killed 50 innocent people. Once again, the LGBT community has suffered against the hand of prejudice and discrimination. I cannot find the right words to express the devestation of this attack, but Obama gave a moving speech earlier today that summed it up well:
“This is an especially heartbreaking day for all of our friends. Our fellow Americans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered. The shooter targeted a nightclub where people came together to be with friends, to dance, to sing and to live. The place where they were attacked was more than a night club. It was a place of solidarity and empowerment where people have come together, to raise awareness, to speak their minds and to advocate for their civil rights.
So this is a sober reminder that attacks on any American, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation is an attack on all of us, and on the fundamental values of equality and dignity that define us as a country.
As a Christian, I feel the need to speak out and advocate for the LGBT community today.
The act of terror on Pulse nightclub in Orlando was wrong.
The fact that these discriminatory events are still happening – particularly to anyone in the LGBT community – is wrong.
Taking someone else’s life – regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation – is wrong.
The fact that some Christians are using the bible to defend these heinous and evil acts is wrong.
Church, we have to do better than this. We cannot stand aside while our brothers and sisters are suffering, being murdered and attacked by the hand of hate.
We need to be more like Jesus. We need to overcome evil with good. Hate with love. Terror with peace. Pain with joy.
We are called to be the salt and light to the world, and today, we have an opportunity to do just that, by defending and standing in solidarity with those who have been hurt and abused by our broken world.
Christians, I’m begging you, don’t be part of the problem. Instead, be like Jesus today.
Do what He would do: Pray for those who have been wronged. Grieve and cry with the families who have lost dear and precious loved ones. Take this opportunity to be a living example of the gospel.