As I write this article, we are just a few days removed from the tragic attack in Orlando, Florida that took the lives of 49 people and impacted thousands of others. As with most tragedies in our country lately, it doesn’t take long for individuals and groups to use the occasion to push their agenda. This is true for politicians and gun control but it is also true in this case for Christian Pastors and Churches who believe that the victims deserved their fate. Some have gone so far as to say that it was God’s judgment on them for their lifestyle.
Let me say this loud and clear…THE PEOPLE THAT JESUS CONDEMNED THE MOST, WERE THE SELF-RIGHTEOUS RELIGIOUS ELITE WHO FELT LIKE THEY HAD IT ALL TOGETHER AND WERE BETTER THAN EVERYBODY ELSE. The reality is, every single one of us is guilty of sin. Every single one of us is deserving of death. And should God have chosen to judge the world according to our sins, humanity would have been wiped out long ago.
Yet, God choose a different path. As John 3:17 says, “For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” God decided to show compassion over condemnation. He chooses to offer grace over wrath. He chooses to give love over punishment. And it is the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross that gives any of us a right standing before God. His blood, shed on our behalf, is the only reason why I am no longer destined for an eternity of separation from God.
So, next time there is a situation that arises like this, let us remember that as Christians we are to respond in a Christ-like way. This means showing compassion over condemnation, grace over wrath, and love over punishment. Let us be there for those who are hurting to weep with them and to serve them in their time of needs. Let us be a tangible representation of the God we serve. And by showing the love of Christ, we will have more opportunities to share Christ.