Following the shooting in Orlando this past weekend, my Facebook feed has been a bit chaotic — as it always is following any kind of tragedy. Everyone has their opinions, their words of encouragement, their arguments, and their “supportive” profile pictures.

This time, it’s a sticky situation for Christians, because the shooting was at a gay bar, the victims its patrons. So what is the right response of a Christ-follower who believes in the sanctity of marriage?

To preface: I’m not here to offend or to call anyone out. But simply, in the midst of all the opinions and chaos, to add my own, and what I believe is truth.

One thing stands out to me as I read through this Facebook confusion: To oppose violence and murder does not mean we have to support homosexuality. 

It seems like that’s how many people are feeling — that they have to support one or the other. That if they’re not showing support for the LGBT movement, then they’re somehow supporting Isis and the shooting of these people.

It occurs to me that this is what the Enemy wants: confusion and blurred lines.

This week, I’ve seen a lot of things come up on Facebook that I feel aren’t quite right. Christians changing their profile pictures to the gay pride flag. Pastors commenting, “We stand with the LGBT community.” 

We don’t need to support someone in their sin in order to show compassion for their loss. 

This tragic shooting is no different than the others this country has endured. Sinful humans killed at a gay bar, just like sinful humans killed on a school campus or in a church pew.

We’re all the same.

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

And being actively homosexual is no different than having sex with your girlfriend or boyfriend, or looking at pornography. It’s all sexual sin, and God hates all of it.

An Orlando pastor I know said this:

What should our response be? “Seek the welfare of the city…and pray to the LORD on its behalf.” That means if you can give blood, give it. If you can pray with someone, do it. If you know someone that is mourning, just be there for them however they need you to be there.*

This is the most sensible and Christlike response I have read to the Orlando shooting. We don’t need to “stand with the LGBT.” There is no reason to support their sin, as there is no reason to support anyone else’s.  We are called to be the Body of Christ, which — like God — hates and condemns sin but loves people with overflowing grace and mercy. 

So yes, I’m praying for the families of the victims. I’m praying for the injured. And I’m praying for those who witnessed the horror and now suffer the mental aftermath.

I do not support homosexuality.

But I believe God loves those who are hurting, and so I do, too.

 

I welcome your {respectful} thoughts in the comments!

*Pastor Brian, original article here

2 thoughts on “Who Do I Stand With?

  1. Very well said. He loves all, and we are called to love like He does. But He also did not accept their sin. He loved and said, “Go, and sin no more.”

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