DON'T PRAY FOR ORLANDO

I woke up this morning to my best friend texting me about a shooting in Orlando, Florida. "50 people killed" F-I-F-T-Y!! Plus at least fifty more severely injured. These are people. Over a hundred human beings with parents, partners, kids and friends. Yes it happened at a gay club. Yes it's Pride month. So what. These are people. People that had thoughts, feelings, struggles, victories, goals and dreams. And now, gone. Gone because of intolerance. To make it super clear that means: Unwillingness to accept views, beliefs, or behavior that differ from one's own. 

This is stupid. Hi, you're different, I'm going to kill you. WHAT!!??  Isn't variety the spice of life? Didn't God make us all different... hence individual DNA. Why is this so troubling to people? 

Ok so let's talk LGBT. You may think you have a valid point because the Bible speaks directly to homosexuality being a sin. Hey... (tapping you on the shoulder)... guess what? That's not the ONLY sin. Premarital sex is also a sin but many MANY people still do it. A large number of Christians do it yet still scowl in contempt at gays.  

I am a Christian. I follow Jesus and my life manual is the Bible. Do I follow all of it without fail? No. I'll even go so far as to admit that there are things I know are wrong but STILL do it. I have to contend with God on those matters but that's between me and God. I do know and understand what the Bible says about homosexuality. As a Christian I have to agree that it is wrong - it's a sin. But, that isn't a matter against me and my brother or sister. That is between them and God.  

I'm saddened by some Christians and their level of disgust toward the LGBT community. What happened to 1 Peter 4:8?  "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins."  Uh, that says ALL... meaning EVERYTHING. 

Last year I went to the San Francisco Pride Parade with some dear friends and posted pics on my social media feeds. I had a feeling it would stir up comments from some of my more conservative Christian friends and sure enough it did. Was my being supportive of my very dear friends a sin? I don't see it that way, but even if it is I believe the promise of God when he says love covers a multitude of sin applies.



When I went to the Pride parade I didn't know what to expect but what I found there was love. Not gay love, not straight love but just love. You know, the kind from God. 


But when I got back from Pride I felt I was looked at with disdain by some of my Christian friends. This is the sort of thing that needs to change.

What happened in Orlando isn't just about one shooter. It's about a build up of bigotry.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. 

Today I saw a long line of rainbow memes saying 'Pray for Orlando'. Pray for Orlando, huh? Ok what specifically are you praying for? Prayer is awesome and unifying but it's not just a cliche saying. Yes, I agree.... let's petition God to comfort all those affected by this distressing incident but please don't Pray for Orlando if you are not also going to look within. Search your heart for any trace of hate or intolerance and pray for yourself. And while you're on your knees... 

Pray for your family and friends. You know, the ones who think f**got jokes are funny. 

Pray for our media outlets and tv personalities that they use their power for good, not evil. That they realize using biased footage, twisted stories and half-truths are seeds of darkness to come.

Pray for our Nation. We need to stop being so appalled by different opinions and views. Listen, respectfully disagree, and move on. It's not difficult. 

Pray for our world. Some have made a religion out of eliminating those who have different beliefs. 

When each one of us (myself included) can do these things, prayers for Orlando make sense. Without introspection prayers are just hollow words falling flat on the ground. 

God hear our prayer.
 

22 comments

  • Lin

    Lin Cape Cod, MA

    Very thoughtfully written A#! You made me stop and think. Thank you for that.

    Very thoughtfully written A#! You made me stop and think. Thank you for that.

  • Antoinette Madrid

    Antoinette Madrid Las Vegas New Mexico

    Thank YOU! You have used your words to express how I feel but couldnt get it out. Elequent and true!!!!! God Bless us ALL.

    Thank YOU! You have used your words to express how I feel but couldnt get it out. Elequent and true!!!!! God Bless us ALL.

  • Morgan

    Morgan US

    Agree with everything you said! Way to put perspective on it!

    Agree with everything you said! Way to put perspective on it!

  • Misty

    Misty Wadsworth ohio

    Beautifully said! Thank you! 🌈

    Beautifully said! Thank you! 🌈

  • Jstu

    Jstu Indio

    Very good writing. I had to read because I was curious of what your twist would be. And because I know you, I know your book is much more depth than your cover (as to say). And I do agree with your subject of prayer. Too often we've made it cliche and prayer is not meet with power to change but mere words of sentiment to coat over like a varnish to subdue not empower. Thank you for your words. I know many won't understand but someone will. And thats what counts.

    Very good writing. I had to read because I was curious of what your twist would be. And because I know you, I know your book is much more depth than your cover (as to say). And I do agree with your subject of prayer. Too often we've made it cliche and prayer is not meet with power to change but mere words of sentiment to coat over like a varnish to subdue not empower. Thank you for your words. I know many won't understand but someone will. And thats what counts.

  • Tammy

    Tammy Kentucky

    Very well said ! I believe you speak for a great number of Christians myself included. Thank you for putting it so eloquently.

    Very well said ! I believe you speak for a great number of Christians myself included. Thank you for putting it so eloquently.

  • Tina

    Tina Tallassee,Al.

    Amen! I wish more people could open there eyes and see what their hatred and bigotry was doing to this world. Everything you said makes perfect sense. Thank you and God Bless you.

    Amen! I wish more people could open there eyes and see what their hatred and bigotry was doing to this world. Everything you said makes perfect sense. Thank you and God Bless you.

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca West Virginia

    As Christians, we all sin daily but not intentionally. The Bible speaks about homosexuals and how God feels about the sin itself. I pray for the family and friends of the victims but most of all, I hope and pray that the victims asked God for forgiveness before they took their last breath..

    As Christians, we all sin daily but not intentionally. The Bible speaks about homosexuals and how God feels about the sin itself. I pray for the family and friends of the victims but most of all, I hope and pray that the victims asked God for forgiveness before they took their last breath..

  • Anne

    Anne Kentucky

    Thank you! Thank you! I was one of "those" people. Now that i've read your words I am free from judgement. I think the part where you said that there are others sins we are accountable for that made me perk my ears and open my eyes. "Let he that has not sinned throw the first stone". Makes so much sense now. Thank you again for the wake up call.

    Thank you! Thank you! I was one of "those" people. Now that i've read your words I am free from judgement. I think the part where you said that there are others sins we are accountable for that made me perk my ears and open my eyes. "Let he that has not sinned throw the first stone". Makes so much sense now. Thank you again for the wake up call.

  • Laura

    Laura Kentucky

    Love this

    Love this

  • Melissa

    Melissa Pennsylvania

    Thank you for speaking out against intolerance , bigotry and hipocracy.

    Thank you for speaking out against intolerance , bigotry and hipocracy.

  • Loretta

    Loretta South Carolina

    Very well put. You put into words how some of us feel. And its a clear what God wants us to do and that's love one another no matter what. We are even to love our enemies and pray for them.

    Very well put. You put into words how some of us feel. And its a clear what God wants us to do and that's love one another no matter what. We are even to love our enemies and pray for them.

  • Sarah Looper

    Sarah Looper Oldsmar, FL

    Very well said!!

    Very well said!!

  • Shannon

    Shannon West Virginia

    I'm not originally from WV.. I'm originally from Nebraska.. and alot of people here in wv do not believe what I do.. and I understand that.. not everyone has the same opinion.. but this is incredible and I'm gonna share it!! God bless you!!

    I'm not originally from WV.. I'm originally from Nebraska.. and alot of people here in wv do not believe what I do.. and I understand that.. not everyone has the same opinion.. but this is incredible and I'm gonna share it!! God bless you!!

  • Kim

    Kim Evansville, IN

    I wonder if toleration of "different beliefs" is the problem. I agree it's not that difficult to just walk away when someone believes differently. It's when they act on their beliefs that there is a call to action that is hard to deny.

    I wonder if toleration of "different beliefs" is the problem. I agree it's not that difficult to just walk away when someone believes differently. It's when they act on their beliefs that there is a call to action that is hard to deny.

  • Philip

    Philip Deltona, Florida

    Amen! I have been a Christian for years. I agree that we should be warm and caring to all. We all sin, not that we should be ok with it, but we all do everyday. We are no better than anyone else. Jesus ate with sinners. He knows we are far from perfect. That is why we all need him. God did not say come to me straight people only!

    Amen! I have been a Christian for years. I agree that we should be warm and caring to all. We all sin, not that we should be ok with it, but we all do everyday. We are no better than anyone else. Jesus ate with sinners. He knows we are far from perfect. That is why we all need him. God did not say come to me straight people only!

  • Ben

    Ben Columbus Ohio

    Well said. Thanks so much.

    Well said. Thanks so much.

  • Helen

    Helen Louisiana

    Thank you so much for putting my thoughts in words.

    Thank you so much for putting my thoughts in words.

  • Jammie Kern

    Jammie Kern Oklahoma

    My sister came out to me over 15 years ago and I remember saying to her, "who am I to judge when we are all sinners?" And her reply was, "but that's saying it's a sin for me to love." She's married now and they have a child. I love her wife as if she's my own blood sister, I can't believe I was so cruel to call their love a sin, lumped in with other "biblical sins." Still breaks my heart.

    My sister came out to me over 15 years ago and I remember saying to her, "who am I to judge when we are all sinners?" And her reply was, "but that's saying it's a sin for me to love." She's married now and they have a child. I love her wife as if she's my own blood sister, I can't believe I was so cruel to call their love a sin, lumped in with other "biblical sins." Still breaks my heart.

  • Fred

    Fred Chicago

    You do realize it wasn't a Christian who murdered all those people it was a Muslim so rather than preaching against Christians why don't you actually speak to the real issue and that's Islam

    You do realize it wasn't a Christian who murdered all those people it was a Muslim so rather than preaching against Christians why don't you actually speak to the real issue and that's Islam

  • Michael

    Michael Oklahoma

    Fred, The real problem is not Islam, it is intolerance and hatred. These two ugly aspects of the human psyche can be found in all parts of the world and within every culture and religion; one could make the point that your comment blaming Islam as the problem is a gesture of hatred and intolerance towards those different from you as well. The author is speaking directly to this. She references scripture that calls Christians to judge not and to choose love for ALL people, and love includes acceptance. So the burden of change is not cast upon others, rather it is to be taken by self as a level of self-accountability for one'one's thoughts and actions. This is Biblically fundamental: "Judge not lest you be judged."

    Fred,

    The real problem is not Islam, it is intolerance and hatred. These two ugly aspects of the human psyche can be found in all parts of the world and within every culture and religion; one could make the point that your comment blaming Islam as the problem is a gesture of hatred and intolerance towards those different from you as well. The author is speaking directly to this. She references scripture that calls Christians to judge not and to choose love for ALL people, and love includes acceptance. So the burden of change is not cast upon others, rather it is to be taken by self as a level of self-accountability for one'one's thoughts and actions. This is Biblically fundamental: "Judge not lest you be judged."

  • Zachery

    Zachery Plains, ohio

    Thank you so much for writing this hopefully everyone will take your advice I'm glad you can say your a Christian but believe in love is love I have met some people who are Christians and think us gays need exorcism thanks again #dont pray for Orlando

    Thank you so much for writing this hopefully everyone will take your advice I'm glad you can say your a Christian but believe in love is love I have met some people who are Christians and think us gays need exorcism thanks again #dont pray for Orlando

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