My heart was deeply grieved by the ruthless terrorist killing in Orlando. A chilling report portrayed the sense of finality and hopelessness in the crime scene. Bodies of over forty people were strewn all over the floor. Handphones in their pockets were ringing continuously to no avail. Relationships are permanently severed between them, their friends and loved ones.
Sadly, this happened in a gay bar. This may deepen the wounds of rejection within the community and if any of us Christians feel that they deserve to die because of their sin, we must think again. The Bible tells us that ALL of us deserve to die because of our sins. There is no reason for further alienation. Instead, this is a time for compassion, love, and healing.
May God give us the heart of Jesus portrayed in Matthew 9:36, “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”
May our prayers be with the victims and their families.