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The Terror Attack on Orlando, FL from my perspective, as a Christian

I’m sure you’ve probably heard about the mass shooting that took place last weekend in Orlando, Florida. If not, read more about it here: http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/12/us/orlando-nightclub-shooting/

On Social Media, the world was booming with people’s thoughts and opinions on the attacks. I read many horrible slurs, many close-minded individuals spilling forth their poison, and witnessed MANY people, within the church, saying things referencing that God destroys sin and that the victims of the attacks deserve what happened because they lived a sinful life. “Let he without sin cast the first stone!” NEWSFLASH: We all live a sinful life. If you think God had any part in those attacks last Sunday, then you apparently don’t know the loving, compassionate, merciful God that I serve.

I saw someone post this article on Facebook several hours after the horrific attack on Sunday and honestly, it really got under my skin and I could not keep quiet on the issue any longer.

Here is a link to the article they posted:  https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/kevindeyoung/2015/07/01/40-questions-for-christians-now-waving-rainbow-flags/

If you don’t want to read it, here is the gist of it:
-it was written by Pastor Kevin DeYoung
-it states that Christians are becoming too politically correct and are too afraid to step on people’s toes (I agree).
-it lists a bunch of questions that “true” Christians should be asking themselves to make sure they are staying true to Christ.

I felt that most of the questions were completely bogus though and that in posting this article mere hours after an entire group of people, mostly within the LGBT community were targeted and killed, the person who posted the article was justifying the act of terrorism.

This was my response to her Facebook post:

“In posting this mere hours after a tragic massacre occurred, despite what your true intentions were, it looks as though you are saying these victims deserved what they received simply because they live a lifestyle you disagree with. As a Christian, I do not support gay marriage and never have. I do, however, support loving one another and showing Christ in everything we do. So to answer some of the questions in the article you posted (because answering them all would be tedious):

1. I don’t believe gay marriage is something to be celebrated, but I believe we should love one another despite differences and ostracizing an entire group of people is only going to push them further from the light of Christ.

5. I do not think Jesus would have been “okay” with “homosexual behavior”, but, and that’s a very big but, Jesus hung out with prostitutes and the morally corrupt in order to show God’s love and mercy and kindness. Think back to the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. Samaritans and Jews were not to associate with one another; yet Jesus asked her for water. This woman had 5 husbands and was now living with a 6th man who was not her husband, yet Jesus did not shun her. He spoke with her and listened to her speak and showed her God’s plan for her life. God uses flawed people to show hope to a flawed world.

14. Children probably do best with a mother and a father, statistically speaking, but all children really need is food, shelter, encouragement, and love. They need a loving environment. There are plenty of single parents out there raising children who turn out just fine. There are plenty of sisters or brothers or aunts/uncles/cousins/etc. raising children in homes without both male/female influence and those kids are not “turning gay” or becoming menaces to society.

19. This question is absurd and has nothing to do with the topic at hand. “Do you think close family members should be allowed to get married?” If people with the same DNA are getting married, their children are going to have physical and mental problems due to incest. Gay people getting married (who cannot procreate without intervention, mind you) would not be bringing physically and mentally challenged people into the world willingly and knowingly.

25. Absolutely. We live in America and have freedom of speech for a reason so if someone disagrees with homosexual practices, they should be allowed to exercise their religious beliefs without fear of punishment, retribution or coercion. Exercising your religious beliefs should not include hating, slandering, bullying, or other malicious acts/forms of speech that can be seen going on in the church currently by people claiming to be Christians.

35. It is absolutely possible to love someone and disagree with decisions they make. That being said, have you ever heard the phrase “you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar?” You can tell an LGBT person you disagree with their lifestyle all day long. There is nothing wrong with expressing your opinion. It becomes wrong when you ostracize them, hate them, have malice in your heart and mind towards them, etc.

I’ll end my statement the same way Mr. Kevin DeYoung decided to close his article because it works both ways. “Food for thought, I hope. At the very least, something to chew on before swallowing everything the world and Facebook put on our plate.”

Let me know what you think about how Christians should “handle” the LGBT community. How should we react to acts of terror such as this? How should we behave when it comes to politically correctness in society?

As of yet (nearly a week later), she has yet to respond to my comment and it has received dozens of likes. It is very justifying to know that there are still “good” people in the world who stand for good values and try to truly show Christ in all that they do.

Just remember: “God uses flawed people to show hope to a flawed world.”

Why does God allow horrible things to happen in the world?

Why does God allow us to struggle?

Why does God allow us to hurt?

God has always allowed suffering (well, not always, but since the fall of Adam and Eve). In Biblical times, Job and the writers of the Psalms asked the question “why?” and many of us still ask that today when tragedy strikes. This question is echoed by many nowadays (meaning the past hundred years or so) with people witnessing two World Wars, the Holocaust, genocides and “ethnic cleansings” in several countries, famines in Africa, the killing fields of Cambodia, the emergence of AIDS, 9/11, Middle East turmoil, people being gunned down in movie theaters and at work, and America’s school shootings-a growing epidemic (CNN reported that as of 06/19/14, there were 74 school shootings in the U.S. in the past 18 months READ MORE: http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/11/us/school-shootings-cnn-number/).

In John 16:33, Jesus says “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Jesus says we will face suffering, but in His word, He does not say why. So when someone asks me “Why would God let my child have cancer?” or “Why would God let a shooter come into a preschool and kill innocent children?”; the only answer I can honestly give consists of four words – “I do not know.”

What we do know is that God has a plan for everything. God knows every decision each one of us will make before we make it. He knew us before we were born. He knows the numbers of hairs we have on our head. He is infinite. We cannot even begin to fathom all that God is and all that God can do. Our puny, human brains cannot even begin to wrap our minds around a portion of God’s plan for the world. 1 Corinthians 13:12 says “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

We will not get the answer to “why” until we leave this world. Someday we will be granted the clarity, but on earth, our site of the big picture is limited.

God originally had made a perfect world. God did not create evil and suffering. He created a potential for evil to enter the world, but it was human’s free will that brought evil to reality. God saw that the earth “was good,” but sin came in and tainted what was perfect in the eyes of God. This sin that has been taking over society more and more, it seems, with every generation, and causing more and more crimes and hate as time passes. The Bible says it is because of sin that nature was corrupted and nature longs for redemption which causes the disorder and chaos in the world.

Sometimes God uses our suffering to draw us closer to Him and to influence others for him.

Romans 8:28 says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.”

All we can do is trust in God’s purpose, walk in light, show Christ through all we do, and love one another.