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)