A horrible tragedy occurred this past weekend in Orlando. At a night club popular with gays and lesbians,an attack was unleashed by a man with suspected ties of Islamic terrorism. At least 50 people were killed and 53 more injured in what is the worst mass shooting in US history.
A year ago another group of people were shocked and saddened as a young man murdered people in a Bible study in Charleston SC. 9 people including the senior pastor and the gunman died when the young man opened fire in a Bible study at the Emmanuel AME Church.
In between those two of high profile events there have been hundreds of such incidents–often unexpected, mostly inexplicable, filled with fatality and tragedy. Sadly, such events are almost daily in this country.
I could launch here into an emotional plea for gun control (which I do support) or some theologically judgemental pronouncement about the lifestyle of the victims in Orlando. I could rail against terrorists-Islamic and otherwise. There are a wealth of responses and comments that can be made and will be made.
But my immediate and daily response was articulated quite well by Southern Baptist ethicist Russell who following the Orlando incident, tweeted “Christian, your gay or lesbian neighbor is probably really scared right now. Whatever our genuine disagreements, let’s love and pray.”
Why do I say this? Because this is what the Bible tells me is the appropriate fist response: