So, folks aren’t going to like me this morning. I may get some nasty comments. I may get some unfollows. But it is what it is.
I learned of the shooting in Orlando on Sunday, after church. I got on FB and saw that one of my friends had checked in safe.
Checked in safe? I thought. Safe from what???
I didn’t know what happened. I then saw that it was a terrorist attack.
What in the world??? What is going on?????
I get on CNN and see that 49 people’s lives were cut short. I then learn that they were at a gay night club.
As I read the accounts from people who survived the shooting, my heart broke. I read the story of the mother whose son was texting her from a bathroom in the club, while the shooter made his way towards him. I read how he cried to his mother for help. I read the text that said, “I’m going to die.”
All I could do was call on Jesus. These people…. those lives…. their families… these people are hurting!!
My heart aches because no one deserves to die like that. My heart aches because they were killed on account of their lifestyle by someone who has neither a heaven or a hell to put them in. My heart aches for the families of those who died. But more importantly,
- My heart aches because of the reality of what really happened.
Last night, I get on FB and I see the negativity. I see how people are going back and forth about what was truly the biggest mass murder in America. I read posts about how not all Muslims are violent. I read posts that asked why Omar Mateen is considered a terrorist but not Dylan Roof. I read posts that attacked Christians who insinuated that God was judging those people. I read posts about what real Christian is and what a religious one looks like.
Scrolling through my news feed was like sifting through a bunch of confusion. What REALLY is going on here? And then, this morning on my way to work, I saw the rainbow-colored flag flying at half-staff outside of a hotel.
People of God, let’s take a step back. Read Ephesians 6:12. I’ll give you time to look it up real quick. Seriously. I want you to read it. I mentioned this in my last post and I’ll say it again: We’re NOT FIGHTING EACH OTHER. This isn’t a HUMAN issue. This is warfare.
Now, this is where I’m going to lose some folk.
Homosexuality is a sin. Yes, yes, I know: So is fornication. So is lying. So is adultery. We know. But the topic of today, the lifestyle that is being pushed is homosexuality. If you aren’t already aware, the enemy has an agenda. And the bottom-line-point is that he is trying to take as many people to hell with him that he can. And the means to do it is by pushing a lifestyle that is demonic and wrong. He’s turning it into a campaign about “love.” I see posts that are dedicated to their LGBTQ friends. I see Christians (unknowingly) defending the sin by making angry posts about how homosexuality isn’t the only sin.
Wait… you’re missing it.
When we became born again, we gave our lives over to the Lord; we gave Him our old lives full of sin. And in exchange, He gave us a new life with power to overcome. As a Christian, we have no excuses to continue to live in sin. There is no justifying a lifestyle of sin. And that is just what this agenda is about.
Please don’t get me wrong. My heart aches for the victims and their families. I am truly hurt. But my heart aches more for where they could be spending eternity. There is no “resting in peace.” When you die, you’re going to open your eyes in one of two places: heaven or hell.
The Word says, “Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9
God didn’t say this to single out any person. He put it in there for our good. Stop and examine yourselves. Living this way is NOT of God. He is NOT pleased.
Does God love the sexually immoral? Yes. Does he grieve when the adulterer or male prostitute or homosexual offender dies in their lifestyle? Yes. Is it God’s will that any should perish? No!! In fact, the Word says that He is “patient with us, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
But God, just like any other parent, has rules. He has a standard. And that is to be Holy because He is. And we have the ability to be Holy because His Holy Spirit dwells in us.
Do people struggle with things? Of course they do!!! But it’s the heart. Have you given your heart to the Lord? Have you truly cried out to God? If you are struggling, do you want Him to help you with these things? Or are you okay living the way that you are? Do you think that simply asking for forgiveness with no intention to quit will pardon your choices? Paul said in Romans 6:1, “What then shall we say? Shall we continue in sin so that grace may increase? By no means! How can we who died to sin live in it any longer?…”
The reality that I referred to earlier is that if any of those 49 people were living a homosexual lifestyle without remorse or had not given their lives to Jesus, they are in hell.
So, people of God, what is love? Is love turning a blind eye to the Word of God for the sake of pleasing those around you? Is love remaining quiet when you know the truth? Is love “accepting” ? As my sister Brittney Phillips so eloquently put it, “He (the enemy) is trying to paint a picture of ‘equality’ and using love as a measure of acceptance to where no one would dare speak out against the lifestyle because love is ‘accepting.'”
If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, professing to be a Bible believing Christian, then the TRUTH of the WORD equals LOVE. Love their soul more than their time during this temporary life. “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” James 4:14 This life is just a fleeting moment. But eternity is forever. And I would be remiss and dead wrong if I didn’t come out and say that living a lifestyle of homosexuality is a sin. If you die in this lifestyle without repenting, calling on the Lord for help, you will not rest in peace. Hell is waiting.
I see what’s going on. And I’m calling out the enemy. He can only use his own devices. Satan is a murderer, a liar, and a thief. He used Omar Mateen to kill those people. The enemy took an opportunity to snatch those poor souls right in the middle of their lifestyle. And now the world mourns. We post pictures, we cry, we unite on behalf of the LGBTQ community: to love the LGBTQ as they are. But we’re uniting on behalf of a big fat lie. The lie is that we should just accept the lifestyle. The lie is that there is nothing wrong with it. The lie is that love (loving the sin) overcomes. We’re uniting over and loving a lifestyle that will send us straight to hell. Open your eyes and see what’s really going on here.
Of course, pray for those who are hurting. Mourn with those who mourn. Those 49 people’s lives were senselessly cut short. But don’t miss the opportunity to tell the Truth in love because THAT is what love really is.