As Christians, who understand the sacredness of human life, we grieve the murder of 49 young people in Orlando early Sunday morning.
That they were gunned down in a nightclub that caters to the LGBT community is irrelevant. All human beings are made in the image of God and thus worthy of respect, dignity, compassion . . . and of course, life.
In one of the more bizarre twists, attorneys for the ACLU are actually blaming Christians for the murderous rampage.
That’s right. Christians are being blamed for “an anti-queer environment” in America that is responsible for Sunday morning’s atrocity.
This is an example of vilification – the 3rd of 5 stages that a society typically goes through before it begins to persecute Christians. To vilify means to “speak or write about a group of people in an abusively disparaging manner” and often involves blaming them for societal problems. The idea is that, if not for the Christians, America would be a more loving, just & all-around wonderful country.
You’ll recall from our study of Revelation, that the emperor Nero blamed Christians for the fire that destroyed much of Rome in 64 AD. This soon led to the persecution of Christians in & around the Roman capitol. The persecution eventually spread throughout the empire under the emperor Domitian.
It’s true . . . as biblical Christians we generally oppose many of the elements of the LGBT agenda, but unlike Islam, we don’t prescribe (much less carry out) a punishment for sinful behavior. We leave judgment to God, whereas it is incumbent upon Muslims to uphold God’s honor by punishing certain sins.
As I mentioned last Sunday, I am currently reading a book that I’m finding to be incredibly insightful. It’s entitled “Disappearing Church” by Mark Sayers. It’s helping me understand what is really going on in our culture and how the Church needs to react. I’ll share some of the insights with you in my next two articles.