How Would Jesus Respond to The Orlando Nightclub Shooting?

Last night a horrific tragedy occurred when an Islamic Terrorist killed 50 people in a gay nightclub during a Pride celebration.

Many conversations are occurring around the country on topics from terrorism to Islam to (of course) gun control. The politics can wait for another day, but there is an issue I wanted to address.

While I have not seen them personally, I keep seeing posts about Christians responding about how they “got what they deserved.” The percentage of people saying this is likely minuscule, but it is expanded due to the ease of sharing such ideas. It is like when a couple of people were made about the Starbucks Christmas cup and suddenly it is made into a “War on Christmas” story.

One article going around is about Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick tweeting out a “reap what you sow” comment. He says it was pre-scheduled and an accident and I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt since he usually tweets verses around the same time each week.

Yet Scripture does record an instance where Jesus hears of such a tragedy and his response should be ours. You are no more righteous than those killed and we all deserve death and Hell for our sin. Yet God longs to see all men saved and calls us to repentance and faith in Christ.

If you think you are better because you are straight or don’t commit that “kind of sin” then you have no understanding of your own sin or the gospel. May God give you a heart of flesh where your heart of stone resides.

There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” Luke 13:1-5