Pulse nightclub. What can I say? Is there anything I can say that hasn’t already been said? Men and women from within and from outside the LGBTQ+ community have been writing through tears and grief since Sunday morning, unable to sleep or eat, unable to process what has happened. For my part, I have been wrestling with myself for the last three days. Do I say anything? Can I say nothing?
I can’t. I can’t say nothing.
After hearing about the hateful response from people like Robert Jiminez, Stephen Anderson, and (all too predictably) The Westboro Baptist “Church”, (and, no, I won’t link to them) I’ve decided that I have to say something. I can’t be silent in the face of such hatred.
I’m sorry for the way an embarrassingly large segment of Christians has behaved towards the LGBTQ+ community. The condemnation and hatred are not hallmarks of a herald of Good News, rather they are ramblings and rantings of anti-Christ like fear and cowardice. They don’t represent the Good News we seek to proclaim.
I’m sorry that this happened. Any loss of life is tragic. The surrounding circumstances make this so much more so, and as much as I can I grieve with you and offer the only thing I have, my prayers, and these words.
This Keeps Happening
Three years ago, I was asked to write an op-ed in the Kingston Whig about a lesbian couple who were being harassed and threatened by a group of so-called Christians. I’ll be honest, as soon as I heard the words “shooting” and “gay nightclub” I immediately thought “white christian”. I admit that I was a little relieved once I learned that that wasn’t the case. But that relief quickly vanished; replaced by shame that once again, no one from my stream has spoken up in solidarity and grief over this needless loss of life. My particular stream is that of a political liberal and Biblical conservative. Put simply, I take the Bible, and what it teaches at face-value but I don’t believe that in a secular civil society we ought to use the Bible (or any other religious text for that matter) as the basis for a legal code. I believe in equal treatment under the law. Many of my brothers and sisters in the faith believe the same, and we are the ones who are quiet.
We may disagree on a great many things, but I too weep for your loss, and I grieve with you and I share your anger and frustration that this won’t be the last time we all gather online and share our grief and outrage.2 days after Pulse, there have been 2 more mass shootings in the US. #Pulse #PrayForOrlando Click To Tweet
As I write this, only two days after the Pulse shooting, there have been two more mass shootings in the United States, one in Fresno, and one in Brooklyn.
Matthew 5:4 says: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
Maranatha, may our Lord come.