The Anger I Feel

Yesterday, June 11th 2016, a night club in Orlando Florida was attacked by a lone terrorist killing at least 50 people and injuring dozens more.  An act like that can only make you angry.  Here is a guy who was radicalized by Muslim extremist and decided that taking other human lives would strengthen his allegiance to ISIS. You can shake your head all you want but it won’t bring back those people who lost their lives yesterday.142f8162d189860f8da5fc948d142220

My heart breaks for the families of those people.  The friends, loved ones and co-workers who are grieving today, it seems so senseless.  May God give them strength, but I’m not sure if even God can make them understand why.  I say that because I’m still searching for the why here.  I’m still in shock by this act of violence that took so many of Gods children all at once.  7b9f5ced9e644fe4bbae291854ff35f4

Any time there is a tragedy like this I look to others and to see how they react.  I’m always humbled by the outpouring of support for the victims and the victims families.  I see the hope of humanity in the eyes of people holding hands in unity.  I see the love of people holding candles during a vigil or placing a token of peace on a make shift memorial.  Then I see the other side of humanity, the side that wins in the suffering of others.

The Westboro Baptist Church does not represent the God I worship.  They are not messengers of God and they do not speak for Christians.  I’m embarrassed that they use the name of God to invoke hate.  1 John 2:9-11 “The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now. The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”c474e22a8d19cd36d9082da90c8fdbb4I remember that verse because it was spoken at the funeral of a friend of mine earlier this year.  My friend Doug lived his life with love for everyone no matter if they were gay, straight, black, white, Muslim, Christian, it was all the same.  A God fearing man who knew this verse and lived it.  He loved his family, his wife and his children and loved them with open arms.  He never criticized his daughter who was born different than how she felt.  He loved her for the person she was and the person she wanted to be.  A person like Doug was what God wants in his flock.  I know Doug looks down from heaven and is proud that his daughter wants to be known as his son.  I can only think that Doug was such an awesome guy that God wanted him in heaven to hang out.  When they talked about him at the funeral I thought to myself “I need to be more like that guy”

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Matthew 22:37-39 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”

In Matthew 22:39 he doesn’t say “love some of your neighbors” he says “love your neighbor”.  To me that means everyone.  I can’t express how important that is.  Matthew says the first   commandment if the greatest so the second commandment is right behind it in importance.  Anything else that Christian Extremist throw at you is quickly shot down in reference to the last statement.   God so loved the world, not just some of the world but the whole world.  
I will not apologize for my stance on homosexuality and my acceptance of friends and family who are part of the LGBT community.  I will also not apologize for saying that anyone who causes another to stumble will not be accepted into my life.  James 4:12 “There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?”
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You are not the judge and if you think you are there might want to let God know he’s no longer needed.  I like how James brings back the neighbor thing.  He says who are you to judge your neighbor, again, not just some of your neighbors but all your neighbors.  Some think you can judge a sinner, that’s not your job buddy it’s God’s job and he likes it that way.  God is not the passenger in your life, he’s the driver, stop trying to drive from the back seat.
May we all pray for those who were effected by this tragedy.  May we also pray for those who find the as an opportunity to spread hate.  God will do his job and he doesn’t need your two cents.  Love your neighbor, it’s the second most important thing you can do.  Love them with all your heart…

 

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