A few Sabbath thoughts regarding the horrible shooting in Orlando.
Early this morning a gay nightclub was shot up in Orlando in an act of religious terrorism. This was nothing more than an act of pure hatred—and completely typical of the world’s environment in these the last days.
Folks, it’s only going to get worse. Just make sure that you—whatever your political or religious affiliation—never give in to hatred. Never consider another group of people who happen to disagree with your own values your enemy. They are people to be loved, embraced, and reasoned with. Because whoever they are, whatever they stand for, they are children of our Heavenly Father first and foremost. Too many alleged Christians these days forget this truth, and are entrenched in prejudicial and hateful rhetoric that only helps Satan continue to divide us.
The Civil War was such a time of division. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote his poem, “Christmas Bells,” when the Civil War was raging, when his own son had gone off to fight without getting his father’s blessing. His wife was killed in a house fire, the world itself was on fire, and in his sadness Longfellow reached out to God.
And he found his answer.
“For hate is strong, and mocks the song
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,