Pastor's Corner

15 Jun
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Mid-Week Challenge

Mid-Week Challenge

The shooting at a nightclub in Orlando this past Sunday is heartbreaking.  Forty-nine people murdered in what is supposed to be one of most exciting and happiest places on Earth.  Sadly, true to form, the politicians have swooped in to take advantage of this tragedy.  The right calls for a ban on Muslims, the left calls for a ban on guns.  The media takes the opportunity to maximize the shock factor by stressing the most controversial aspects of the event.  Was the shooter radicalized at home, was he struggling with his sexual orientation?  Who is to blame?  Did his wife know about his plans?  As I see these folks focusing on these issues it is a sad testimony of the condition of our culture.  I have heard very few people reporting or commenting on the shooting that will make us safer or offer hope.  Few have recognized the fact that 49 Americans were murdered on American soil.  This is a national tragedy that should have an impact on all of us. 

There are few positive outcomes that one can think of at this time, however, there are positive stories coming out of Orlando.  Not mentioned by any on the left, Chick-fil-A opened up on Sunday to serve free food to those who were donating blood after the shooting.  DC Gazette’s Conservative writer Vianna Vaughan commented,

“But, wait, those people were waiting to give blood to victims that were mostly gay people, Doesn’t Chick Fil A hate gays? That’s what we kept being told. Turns out, that while the founders definitely don’t approve of that choice of lifestyle, they believe in compassion,” she added. “Who knew?” So much for “Chick Fil hAte” becoming a thing.  http://dcgazette.com/2016/chic-fil-gay-club-shooting-isnt-viral/

The last zing was because not too long ago gay people tried a boycott the store over its founder’s comments against same sex marriage. 

 It is at moments like these that Christians must show the love of God.  When the world is in panic, we can demonstrate peace.  When few have words of direction, we can show acts of compassion.  No matter the victim’s life style the Bible is clear that God loved these individuals.  Jesus died that all who believe in Him might be reconciled with the Father.  All through the Gospels we see Jesus reaching out to those who others had rejected.  In a time of crisis we should do no less. 

 Continue to pray for the people of Orlando.  Pray that we as the Church do not miss opportunities to show the world the true Jesus they rarely see.  God is not bound by the evil in this world, but He will use it for His purposes.  Don’t miss out on letting Him use you today!

 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.  Genesis 50:20

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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