In light of the mass shooting that took place over the weekend in Orlando, Florida, I would like to take this opportunity to dedicate this week’s blog post to counter posts on various social media websites that I have seen this weekend. The posts I have seen have declared that due to the fact that Christians “hate” LGBT individuals, that we are hypocrites for praying for the victims of the tragedy. Additionally, I have come across one post in particular that openly denies that prayer will solve anything. My main intention for this post is to make it clear to nonbelievers that the Bible’s teachings about sexual immorality and prayer have absolutely nothing to do with the attack on Orlando; rather, the growing presence of worldwide sin is what triggered this massacre.
Fallacy #1: Christians Hate the LGBT Community
As a Christian who has had a few friends who have declared that they either support or are members of the LGBT community, I can say that I do not hate them for their choices. Once I have discovered that we have opposing viewpoints on the lifestyle, I choose to avoid the subject because I know that telling them that sexual immorality of any kind is a sin will only make them think God is full of hate. Nevertheless, I still do not support the lifestyles of the LGBT community, nor do I water down the gospel for the sake of political correctness and tolerate the sinful policies this nation has been instituting for the sake of this group. The Bible clearly states in 1 Timothy 1:10, “The sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine…”. Therefore, just as I do not support the other sins that are mentioned in the above verse and work to not commit those sins, I do not support or participate in the LGBT lifestyle.
Now that I’ve explained my point-of-view on the issue, in relation to the attack on Orlando, I will say that both parties (i.e., the gay nightclub that was attacked and the shooter) were participating in sinful actions. Despite this, I know that God would not call for the mass-murder of LGBT individuals at the hand of an Islamic terrorist, nor do I think that God would destroy the LGBT community out of their disobedience, such as Sodom and Gomorrah in the Old Testament. In the New Testament, Jesus declared that sin would prevail in the end times, and I believe that this past weekend’s shooting was no exception of the trials and tribulations the world will face in the years to come.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.”
-2 Timothy 3:1
Therefore, Christians are not blaming the LGBT victims of the shooting for bringing the massacre upon themselves, meaning that we sympathize with the surviving victims and the families of those who are lost. The thing is, Christians sympathize best through praying.
Fallacy #2: Prayer Won’t Solve Anything
When events of mass destruction occur that produce large death tolls, people need somewhere to place their concerns. Posting on social media, protesting in the streets, or holding a press conference and blaming the incident on our nation’s lack of gun control will not effectively alleviate the pain and suffering the victims and families are going through. Anything we try to do on our own is futile. The only being that has ever lived that can truly heal our pain is Jesus Christ. By talking to Him, we cast our burdens on Him and are renewed in knowing that He will make all things better in His time. The thing is, many people pray only when they come across a traumatic event in their life, and then wonder why God won’t act immediately to answer their request. When their prayers aren’t answered, they say that God isn’t listening, or deny His existence altogether. I’m a firm believer that a relationship with God takes daily faith. You can’t deny His existence daily and then come crawling back to Him for a few select days when you need something. On the contrary, if you are living for God everyday and talk to Him regularly, your faith can cause extraordinary things to happen by the power of God.
“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
You see that? NOTHING shall be impossible unto you.
If you say praying doesn’t work, it’s because you lack faith. If you lack faith, then you don’t truly believe. If you don’t believe, and by the end of this post you still have no desire to seek God, then I hope you have a wonderful day. You see, I’m not going to attack nonbelievers for not believing in God; I just expect the same kind of respect in return.
My final response to the anti-prayer posts:
God is not to blame for the shooting in Orlando, nor any of the shootings that have taken place over the last few years. Christians are not hypocrites of their faith for praying for the victims, but are exercising their faith so that God will intervene in the situation and produce righteous results. Anything people post against the power of God or the power of prayer will not diminish the presence or capabilities of either force. The real enemy we are facing, the true source of evil that caused the massacre, is the sin of murder that was inspired by a terrorist group. So don’t blame God, blame his enemy: Satan.
Good day, God bless, and continue to pray not only for Orlando, but for all the nations of this world that are suffering from terrorism.
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