I wrote this article very much aware of the specter of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub a week ago–aware also that my thoughts can be seen and will certainly be interpreted by some as insensitive and just another contribution to the “homophobia” that helps foment acts of aggression towards members of the LGBTQ community.
So, again, let me be clear: I and every Christian I know who believes in and defends the Bible’s clear standards regarding sexuality, marriage and gender genuinely grieve for every God-imaging life lost in Orlando last Sunday. We abominate what the killer did and denounce all acts of condemnation, bullying and hate–physical and verbal alike –directed at anyone, including same-sex attracted people and those afflicted with gender dysphoria.
Had I or any of the Christian men and women I know that have concealed carry permits been walking by the Pulse that fateful night and had a chance to intervene–even at the risk of our own lives–we wouldn’t have hesitated, except perhaps for fear.
But this same commitment also compels us to persist in telling the truth. To “heal the hurt of the people slightly, to say ‘Peace, peace’ when there is no true peace” (Jer. 6:14); to help placate people in their sin–to pat them on their backs and assist them on their journey into a lifestyle that the Bible is very clear will result in its participants having no inheritance if the Kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9,10) is not love.
At the end of the day, it’s a lot more like hate.
I echo Dr. Michael Brown’s helpful article on the shootings in Orlando and commend it to your attention.