I really wanted to post a video of this rant, because I don’t know that I can truly capture the essence of pissed I am through written word. But for now, this will have to do.
I was stunned when I heard about Orlando’s shooting. I was angry. I couldn’t find the words to respond. But I have those words now, and this rant is for the church. Let me just say in advance now that for the duration of this post, when I say “the church,” I’m not referring to your church, or my church, or their church specifically. I’m speaking to the church of the world, the body of Christ as a whole. And that means everyone from the pastors to the followers, and to the Christians who think they’re Christians because they show up on Easter Sunday.
What happened in Orlando was a Muslim-rooted attack. I get that. That’s not the point. People are pissed at what religion did to the gay community. And quite frankly, I am too. Religion is what condemns people, sends sinners to hell, and it’s religion that nailed Jesus to the cross. Religion condemns me and tells me I’m too far gone. But there’s a cross that tells me I can never be too far gone. So I hate religion, and I abandoned it a long time ago in pursuit of Jesus, because he was the only hope I had to be saved.
That does not mean I’m free to live in sin. It means I’m dead to sin, and I now live in Christ.
There are people out there who are celebrating the massacre that happened in Orlando. There are people who call it a victory. One pastor even went so far as to say on Twitter, “Thank God for the fifty fags gone from this world.” I just need to stop right there and ask those people, how dare you? Fifty people got gunned down while begging for their lives, and all you had to say was thank God? If that’s you, and you think your god (and that is lowercase for a reason) is happy about this, I don’t have words. Because if He were, if you think heaven truly rejoiced when that disgruntled man took it upon himself to bring those death sentences down on those people, then you don’t believe in Jesus. Or you don’t know him. Show me one time, just one time, in the scriptures that Jesus damned even one sinner, and I will recant this entire website. What that man did, whether he was Christian or Muslim or whatever, was destroy the bridge between sin and salvation. No, God is not happy about that. And there is no celebration in heaven going on for this cold-blooded massacre. So get over yourself, and get over your god, because whatever god you’re serving is not The Lord God.
Now let me say this to the church. Someone was asking me just last night how I felt about homosexuality, and if I thought it was wrong. And to be honest, I don’t know. You all know I preach the gospel of “I don’t know,” so I just stick to what I do know. Here’s what I do know: I am not going to be the one with a megaphone on the sidewalk sending gay people to hell, or telling them it’s okay. Because I don’t know. I. Don’t. Know. But I’ll say this to the church, and that’s that you don’t know, either. We can look at a couple of verses and say, yeah, homosexuality is wrong… But are you sure? Because I’m pretty sure Scripture also strictly condemns wearing two different types of fabric at the same time, and having sex with a woman while she’s on her period. So what I’m saying to the church, what I’m begging and pleading with them to do, is to give this issue another look. Because something is definitely wrong here, and if our theology is clashing with reality, we have to reevaluate.
Something else I know for sure is this… That God is loving, powerful, all-knowing, and He is righteous. And to those who are truly willing to seek Him and follow Him NO MATTER WHAT, will find loving correction in their lives. And God will convict where conviction is needed. So for now, can we stop telling the gay community that they are damn dirty sinners, and just focus on them in the same way that we would focus on any fellow brother or sister in Christ, or a nonbeliever? Because those who are pursuing Him will find Him. Can we not just encourage them in their pursuit? God will convict where conviction is needed. He does not need us to do it for Him. And then, we don’t have to decide for ourselves who is living in sin and who isn’t. God will handle it.
When we decide to swing God’s sword for Him, we fail to remember that we don’t swing it with the same wisdom of an all-knowing King. I will not be the one to tell the gay community that they’re going to hell. Because if I’m wrong, I’ve kept a lot of people out of church, and may have kept them from ever coming to Christ. And if I do that, I will have to face God one day with their blood on my hands. And if I tell them God is okay with something He has forbidden, and those people end up in hell because of my words that reinforced their sin, then I will have to face God one day with their blood on my hands. I won’t do it. I refuse to do it. Instead, I will tell the world that eternity is a lot to gamble with, whether it’s your own or someone else’s. So stop it.
Seriously, stop it.
I am making a declaration on this site as of right now. I’ve said in previous posts that homosexuality was wrong, and I want to sincerely from my heart apologize. I swung that sword. I pray you forgive me. And from this point forward, you will not find a single word of condemnation from me. Because God loves you. God loves you. He LOVES you. And I do, too. This mission of this site when it was first launched was to share that love I found in Christ. I want to remain on that mission.
God be with the grieving families tonight. God be with the broken people, the saints and the sinners. God be with those who are persecuted.
You are loved. And that’s a gospel I know.