Orlando On My Mind

Still no computer, only an iPad, so here goes some thoughts on Orlando, sans fancy fonts and graphics.

Thoughts

The shooting in Orlando happened Sunday morning, but I’m just now getting around to writing anything about it. Of course, I did bring it up first thing that morning from the pulpit, but it’s just now that I’ve decided to sit down and pen – more like “thumb” – my thoughts.

But who am I, really? What do my thoughts matter? I’m not gay; I’m a straight male (born that way and happy with my biology). I do not affirm the homosexual lifestyle; I preach it is a sinful attack on the design of our Creator for human relationships, even an affront to the very nature of God. I’m not even anti-gun, nor do I want to repeal the second amendment to the Constitution; I think gun-free zones (aka “soft targets”) are the epitome of idiocy. So, who am I to speak out? It’s not like I’m going to be flying a rainbow flag in honor of the 49 killed, or anything.

I am a voice, and that’s why my thoughts matter. I don’t deserve to be heard, but I have a right to speak my mind. And if I don’t take advantage of this right, while I still have it, along with the right to bear arms it might be taken away before what I want to say has a chance to be heard.

So, here’s my thoughts.

Guns and Gun-free Zones

It has been said that “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.” It may be considered cliché, but it’s still true. I have multiple weapons in my home, even on my body, and I have no fear any one of them will rise up when I least expect it and try to kill me. I could yell at my Smith & Wesson from now till the proverbial cows come home, but it will never get offended, angry, or try to avenge itself. It’s only a tool.

As always when a shooting takes place, people are calling for more gun control in America. Some are even calling for repealing the Second Amendment. They argue that the only way to keep things like this from happening is to take away access to guns – all guns, not just assault-style weapons. But taking guns away will not take the murderers away, will it?

Gun-free zones? How’d that work out for you? Compare how many people have died in gun-free zones as opposed to gun-friendly zones. For example, when the eight were killed in Charleston, they were hiding behind and under pews in the church as the deranged freak reloaded his .45 multiple times! If just one or two of those poor folk had been armed as those in our church are, he might have emptied one magazine, but he sure as hades wouldn’t have reloaded and kept shooting!!!

When seconds count, the police will show up in minutes. In a world where Islamic hate is intent on wiping out all opposition; in a world where criminals care nothing about life or the law; because you will never be able to rid America of all its weapons, especially from the hands of criminals; only fools will sit like lambs waiting to be slaughtered as they seek comfort from the other end of a 911 call. Just in case the police don’t show up in time, I’d much prefer to be able to return fire. I’d rather die fighting than hiding.

Flying the Rainbow

Here’s the thing: I don’t hate homosexuals. I know that might be hard for some to understand, but it’s absolutely true. However, there are those who would call me a liar, all because they believe that it’s impossible to love people without affirming their behavior…because somehow behavior, self-perception, and inherent human value are inextricably linked. But where were the Christian flags outside the gay bars the day after Charleston?

No, I don’t hate gays, but I’m not going to jump on the bandwagon and change my Facebook profile pic to a rainbow. I’m not going to fly a rainbow flag in my front yard or from the church flag pole. I’m not going to yield to public pressure to give credence to a sexually-immoral lifestyle and anti-religious agenda by displaying the co-opted colors of God’s covenant with Noah. I will, however, continue to fly our flag at half-staff – because 50 lives were taken in a senseless act of hate.

The Blame Game

Right now the mainstream media and the social left are playing the blame game, but few are laying the blame at the proper feet. What happened in Orlando is not the fault of guns, a lack of security, or anti-LGBTQ bigotry and hate.  What happened was not a result of me preaching that same-sex marriage is an abomination. What happened in Orlando was not incited by conservative talk-radio shows or Tea Party activists. What happened in Orlando at the Pulse nightclub was the result of Islamic, sharia-style, intolerant hatred.

Many want to blame all religion for what happened Sunday. Most, however, want to lay the blame at the feet of Christianity! No, Islam is not to blame, for it’s a religion of peace, or so we are told. On the other hand, were it not for those Christians who refuse to accept the forced change of their beliefs, none of this would have happened. The whole problem with that accusation is that it’s not true. Actually, it’s the complete opposite.

If you want to blame anything, blame man’s fallen nature; blame sin. The last ones to blame are those who try to pattern their lives after the One who gave His own life to save sinners.

In Conclusion

May God have mercy on and show compassion to those who mourn. May genuine love, not cheap pandering, reign supreme. May evil be exposed and the light of Truth shine bright.

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16 responses to “Orlando On My Mind

  1. Very thougtful ​and well written. Amen.

  2. Amos Lowrance

    Well said Brother. Keep them faith. Fight the good fight. Finish them course. Keep your sights on heaven and keep preaching the Word

  3. As usual, I so appreciate your level-headedness and clear thinking. And your compassion, of our Lord, shows through. Thank you. Retweeted.

  4. Charise Collins

    Leviticus 20:13, “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them.”

    I copied and pasted that. The Qur’an basically says the same thing. So my question is this: what’s the difference (what the Bible prescribes and what the Qur’an prescribes? Of course, I see that Christians are not currently putting homosexuals to death per the Bible, so – genuinely asking – why not? Is it because American law prohibits that type of persecution? If that were not the case, WOULD Christians put homosexuals to death because the Bible prescribes it? As an American, I have no judgement for or against, am just an observer always open to learning who happens to be Muslim (alhamdulillah). Just wondering…

    • Thank you for the question, Charise. I am about to go to a concert, so I’ll be out of the pocket the rest of the evening. Would you mind me getting back to you a little later? I’d like to answer your question with more than a quick, off-the-cuff response. In the meantime, why not go to GotQuestions.org and see what you can find.

    • I haven’t forgotten. If you haven’t gotten the chance to look, or just in case you were having a difficult time finding something, here is a link to a short article addressing your question. http://www.gotquestions.org/homosexuality-death-penalty.html

      • Charise Collins

        Aaah I see. So, the Laws are no longer “absolute,” and change with the times, or kind of allow for modernization, instead of staying old-fashioned. Ok well thank you so much! That information answered my question perfectly 🙂

      • Hmmm. Me thinkest that thou doeth use sarcasm in an attempt to twist what was written and malign my position. It looks like you already determined what you wanted to believe before you ever asked the question, therefore what you did was try to set me up. Yes, that’s a sneaky technique, but not very genuine, nor gracious.

        If you really want me to respond as an adult and maintain a legitimate conversation, I am more than happy to. However, I have no use for games.

      • Charise Collins

        No no! I do apologize if it appeared this way in text (because you can’t see me/hear my words – this happens often when my hubs and I are texting. Once we got into an argument over bread vs hot dog buns). I am understanding correctly from the article. I do get it. I am not a judgmental person, by any means. In fact to show understanding, I was going to say that overseas, some ladies say women should wear all black so as to no attract attention. But over here, if I wear all black I ATTRACT attention. If I wear pretty colors, I blend in positively. So, to some older cultures overseas, modernization and the changing of times I think makes them uneasy, like we are going to lose a foothold on what’s important. Lots of things in Islam don’t allow for modernization, if the Law is No, then No and that’s it. Absolute. It, to me, as an American, is on one hand understandable and at the same time frightening (which is probably the point as we should fear God.) But anyway, yeah, if I say anything here, it is only to learn. I won’t ever be disrespectful. I’ve always been a good, kind-hearted person. And you can count on that from me always.

      • Then let me give you a little more of an answer, now that I think I know from where you’re coming. If I have to stop and continue later, it is because I must go to a sleep study this evening (8 p.m.). Ahh, actually I need to go get ready very soon.

        But here are some quick things to consider.

        God does not change; He is immutable. God’s Law doesn’t change based on culture, either; Truth is absolute. However, what is prescribed for one group of people (i.e., Israel) at one place in time for a specific reason should not be considered the same as an “absolute” which is to apply to all mankind forever.

        Also, even though God listed certain activities in the Levitical Law as punishable by death, it was rare these things ever took place. Why? Because God has said in the Bible that He loves to show mercy rather than judgement.

        Consider Jesus and the woman caught in adultery. The Law in Israel at that time said she should be stoned (it also said the same thing about the man involved, but obviously he was part of the plan to set up Jesus for condemnation). But what did Jesus do? He showed mercy by using the situation to expose the evil intent of the men who accused her. He never minimized her sin – He forgave her – which only God can do – and told her to “sin no more.”

        Another thing, the purpose of the Law was NEVER meant to make men holy or help them earn their way to heaven. The Law was meant to show man than that he is incapable of righteousness – to show the utter holiness of God. Jesus came so that by faith in Him we might “put on” His righteousness and be “justified” in the sight of the Righteous Judge, God the Father. Once Jesus came and died on the cross for our sins, the price for sin was paid. Now it is no longer necessary to keep the Law as described in the Old Testament, because none of us live in a Theocracy as was Israel. However, the moral law – the “absolutes” of God – do not change, and those who reject Christ must pay for their own sins, which is eternal damnation and separation from God.

        So, I do not kill homosexuals because I am not bound by a law that was meant for a people in a time and in a place where it was imperative they be set apart from those other nations around them. I do not live in a theocracy. I do not kill homosexuals because Jesus died for them, as He did for me, so that I might be reconciled to God. Besides, it was never meant for the individual to kill anyone, anyway, you know. My job now is to love as Jesus loved; to lay down my life for the sake of the Cross; to follow my Savior and carry my own cross and love others, pointing them to saving faith in Jesus.

        Oh, I could keep going on and on, but I must go. I’m sorry.

  5. Charise Collins

    Or maybe I’m not understanding, now that I keep thinking…the Laws, say for instance the Ten Commandments – someone said they are done away with, unnecessary, because Jesus (peace be upon him) came and is the way to salvation. So, the existence of Laws in place for a specific purpose in time, and then later, they can be disregarded because those times have changed and permission was given for that. This is what I got from the reading. Is that about right? Maybe?

    • Oh, no no no! There is so much you need to understand about Christianity, dear Charise 😦 You need to learn about Grace, my friend. Oh, I don’t have time to talk right now, but maybe later. OH! How I wish you could understand that God’s Law is a reflection of His character, and He never changes. But I also wish you could understand what Jesus came to do! THIS is what separates the Christian faith from all other religions! Love…Mercy…Grace! God is still holy, righteous, and just, but through Jesus He offers Mercy – undeserved Mercy and Grace – which we DO NOT DESERVE! That is why it is so amazing and wonderful! All glory belongs to God!

      • Charise Collins

        Sorry, sorry – I don’t mean to keep you (my box of questions tends to become bottomless). I appreciate your time, brother 🙂 Peace & blessings

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