The One Thing About the Orlando Shooting at a Gay Club That Christians Are Ignoring

The shortest verse in the Bible is the perfect example of how we as Christians should respond to the LGBT community.

I’m a Christian, and I’m Praying for Orlando

The shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35, “Jesus wept.” These simple two words pack so much story of a man who’s grieving deeply over the loss of Lazarus, His friend.

Think about that.

Jesus knew He could bring Lazarus back from the dead, which he actually went on to do, but in that moment, He wept. He didn’t think, “Well Lazarus is a sinner so he had it coming.” Jesus didn’t stop to put His holiness on a scale to see if it outweighed the mistakes that Lazarus surely made throughout his life.

I’m a Christian and I don’t care what kind of club was shot up, I’m grieving for you. I want to hug each person affected by this vast act of cowardice, not to preach or to judge but just to cry with you.

The LGBT community is the VICTIM of this tragedy.

I’m praying for you, Orlando. It may seem like the terrorists have won the battle, but the war is won by those standing together, crying side-by-side holding to hope and refusing to let go. We as Christians have that hope and now is the perfect time to love with actions, with our Facebook posts, with our tweets, with our silence, with our prayers, in whatever way we can, we need to love.

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Now is the time to call your gay or transgender friends and let them know we as Christians condemn evil regardless of who it happens to. When a specific group of people is attacked like this, the entire community is attacked emotionally.

Jesus spent His life loving people the Pharisees hated. This is the best time for Christians to not talk, but listen. Listen for opportunities to love in ways that make the world demand an explanation.

To the victims and their families, I’m so sorry, and if I know my Jesus, He’s grieving with you too.

Christians, weep.

Lairs Johnston
Lairs is the chief of sinners, saved by grace, with a life that just goes to show you God can use anyone.

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