Stop and Think.
Yes I am talking to you my fellow “Christ Follower”.
Philippians 2:3–4(NKJV) – Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
That is what we are supposed to be all about.
Proverbs 10:12(NKJV) — Hatred stirs up strife,
But love covers all sins.
We have an opportunity to show the world what Jesus looks like.
1 John 4:7–8(NKJV) — Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
He is Love.
He isn’t an accusation, agenda, cause, or an opinion.
He is Love.
Galatians 5:14(NKJV) — For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
In the wake of the hateful terrorist attack in Orlando I have heard many of my professing Christ followers make a case for (and against) immigration, gun laws, sexual orientation, LGBT rights, or their favorite political candidate.
Is this what we are called to do when people are hurting?
Does our faith instruct us to make our case for our personal or religious beliefs, in the face of mourning?
Let me say that again…
John 13:34(NKJV) — A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
We are called to love first?
Why can’t the commenting and pontificating wait?
There are hurting people who need to be cared for, prayed for, listened to, cried with, and comforted. They don’t want to hear why you think what happened happened, or who you think they should blame.
They have just had sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, and friends taken from them in an instant.
No time to prepare, or say goodbye. They are just gone. Even worse, lost to a senseless act of hatred and violence. There is no making sense of it, or coming to terms with it. It just is.
Many others were injured or terrorized and their lives will never be the same. They will be dealing with the pain, physical and psychological for years to come.
They are broken. They are hurting. They need our love and support. Not our opinions and finger pointing.
We have an opportunity to be here for them. Maybe not geographically (if you are in the Orlando area there are ways you can help locally) but there things you can still do… Support agencies and ministries that are on-site helping deal with the aftermath. Give blood. Pray for everyone involved.
STOP posting, blogging, tweeting or stating your opinions, theories, accusations, or comments about the attack.
The Golden Rule is a good place to start.
— Matthew 7:12(NKJV) — Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
You have your opinions. We get it. Just hang on to them.
Don’t feel the need to share.
For now… Just Love.
1 Corinthians 13:13(NKJV) — And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.