Pastor Darrin

June 15, 2016

The city of Orlando, Florida was rocked this week by the biggest mass shooting in U.S. history. It’s sad to see such the land of the free and the brave to be invaded by the brainwashed and cowardly. The killer was a disturbed soul. Stories are circulating about his background and personal struggles, but the bottom line is that we shouldn’t kill those we disagree with.

What’s also sad is that our leading politicians made this event an argument for their platform for gun or immigration control. If we can just keep the guns out of “bad people’s” hands, or shut our borders to the “wackos”, we would avert a lot of tragedies. There is wisdom in a level of gun control and restricting our borders, but we won’t ever be fully protected from those with evil intent.

What matters most right now is that there are dozens of families that are grieving great losses. Parents who were helpless to rescue their adult children and friends who watched friends get shot. Forty-nine people were killed. More than that were wounded. A time will come to address legislation. This is the time to administer love. The Bible describes God this way:

“The Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles….” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

This is a time to show empathy to those who suffer, regardless of their nationality, religion or moral positions. We’re to weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15).

Jesus taught us to love indiscriminately because He so loved the world. Not after it turned to Him or got things right, but in its messed up state. While we were yet sinners, God demonstrated His love in sending Jesus to die for our sins (Romans 5:8). What Jesus taught is that you don’t have to agree with someone to love them.

Let’s leave judgment up to God and legislation to the politicians. As the Body of Christ, let’s be like Jesus and weep over cities that need the care of a Shepherd. This would be a good time to turn off the TV’s, unplug from social media, and get on your knees crying out to the God of all comfort to heal the emotional and physical wounds of those who endured one of the darkest days of our generation.

Looking Upward,

Pastor Darrin


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