WWJS about Orlando?









What would Jesus say about Orlando?

The question via Facebook Messenger was  “How do you feel about what happened in Florida?” Still reeling from the deleted tweet of Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick saying the Orlando victims were reaping, I replied. “I think we should pray for them and their families.”

I am a Christian leader, and I DON’T understand hate ‘in Jesus’ name.’ Neither do I understand so-called leaders, Christian or otherwise, that make statements like Patrick’s.

What I DO understand is that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son for a very good reason; that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. That single act of God ushered in a new era; an era of love.

Present that day in Luke Chapter 13, were people much like the Gov.

“There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.”

Seems like they were trying to impress Jesus by saying that Pontius Pilate, Governor of Judea’s killing of the Galilaeans was a reaping of their own come-uppins. “We understand the ways of God, and His justice!” they  thought. Well I’m sure they wanted to hastily delete their tweets when Jesus looked at them and said…

  “…Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”

Then Jesus brought up another tragedy.

“Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”

If you would be a Christian, respond like Jesus. Remember, none of us are worthy to be saved, and we are what we are by the grace of God. Pray for your neighbors, and your enemies, and pray for the victims and their families in Orlando. And, as Jesus said, haters, pray for yourselves!

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
(I John 4)

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10 replies »

  1. Truth. God did not want them to die; he wanted them to repent of their sins, and turn to him, same as all of us.

    2 Peter 3:9- The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

    This is why people need to get back into reading their bibles, so they would know what God wants for us, and not make dead statements as the governor did. God bless you sir, and thank you for this post.


  2. Thank you Reverend Kekel for pointing us back to Jesus as you do so well. Thank God for his forgiveness! What a blessing your Facebook page is for those of us bed bound or nearly so, to hear from you on paper. Also your pictures are so gorgeous, especially of your trips around the world. Thank you and may God Bless you richly!


  3. Prayer is certainly needful for the families involved even if the lifestyle of those who died was not one of which God approves. On a secondary note, it’s wise to learn how to effectively deal with those who see that lifestyle as normal.


  4. And I say ‘Amen’ to that. Well put Sir. “For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” I appreciate how much God loves us and how He sheds that love abroad in our hearts for one another. Truly thankful for your message and it is truly the right message that needs to go forth today.


  5. Thanks for sharing, Pastor Kekel…That very passage in Lk 13 came to mind when I read about how the Westbrook Baptist “Church” was carrying on down there.


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