It has now been one week since Muslim extremist, Ormar Mateen, unleashed an assault on the Orlando nightclub , Pulse, billed as “a gay bar and dance club.” 49 men and women were murdered and over 50 injured.
It is well documented that Mateen shouted Allah Akbar” and even called 911 during the shooting to pledge allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
It is also well-known that under Sharia law Muslims go beyond condemning homosexuality. They believe homosexuals must be punished by death.
So, the facts of the Orlando massacre should be easily understood. It is another example of jihad cause by a self-radicalized Muslim extremist. Case closed.
But not so quick, according to several new sources.
In the past 3-4 days Christians, preachers, and any source such as ThePreachersWord that would dare advocate that marriage is between one man and one woman and condemn homosexual behavior is to be blamed for Mateen’s horrific crime.
ACLU attorney Chase Strangio mocked those who offered their “thoughts and prayers” for the victims and their families. “You know what is gross — your thoughts and prayers and Islamophobia after you created this anti-queer climate,” he tweeted.
He continued by lambasting “the Christian right” for pushing legislation to protect the conscience rights of individuals and business owners. “The Christian Right has introduced 200 anti-LGBT bills in the last six months and people blaming Islam for this.
Anderson Cooper interviewed Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, well-known for her defense of traditional marriage and accused her of hypocrisy. Why? Because Bondi had expressed sympathy and support for the families of slain Floridians. Cooper continued to question how Bondi could offer any support, while she repeatedly tried to affirm that her job was to defend the Florida constitution, law and order, as all Floridians regardless of their beliefs.
The New York Times, the Washington Times, as well as other major media outlets are now blaming Christians for this ungodly assault. In fact, the editorial page of the NYT vilified Christians for their stand against same-sex marriage, and said the dead in Orlando were “casualties of a society where hate has deep roots.” The haters, of course, are preachers, bloggers, and believers like me who still believe in the Biblical view of marriage and morality.
While I don’t agree with all of his theology, Rick Warren was right when he wrote, “Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”
Jesus taught his followers to “love your enemies” (Matt 5:44). That would include not only our literal, personal enemies, but enemies of God, goodness and Truth. And when we speak out regarding same-sex marriage and the sin of homosexuality, the Bible commands “speak the truth in love” (Eph. 4:16). Furthermore, it is not the duty of Christians to take vengeance on those who disobey God. “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” (Rom 12:19).
Let me be clear. Our staunch defense of God’s marriage laws and our condemnation of homosexual behavior did not produce the Orlando massacre. Nor does our views negate feelings of care, compassion and concern for the slain souls by a misguided gunman.
It is sad, sickening and contemptible that this horrendous attack would be politicized and blame would be placed on law-abiding citizens who sincerely believe in a God-revealed and time-honored morality. It is further evidence of ever-increasing anti-Christian bigotry gaining momentum in our country.
Let me also call out and condemn any religious leaders, writers, political pundits or other conservatives who’ve said or implied that the Orlando shooting was justified because of the victim’s lifestyle. That is plain wrong. It is not a Christian’s prerogative to execute sinners.
We are called by God to love sinners. Teach them. Seek to convert them. And show kindness and compassion, even toward those with whom we may disagree. We are guided by God’s Word, not Sharia law.
More than ever in a sin-sick society filled with lawlessness, licentiousness, and bigotry toward believers, we are called to “walk in the light,” live righteously, and share the love of God.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman