Be the Church…To this Hurting World…No Matter the Cost

Let the Church be the Church

This week a very  disconcerting event happened in Orlando, Florida.  Many of you know, however, for those that do not know – someone went into a gay and lesbian bar and committed a mass shooting – one of the biggest in recent history.  My heart is grieving on so many levels.  Let me explain..

The Lost Died.

I do not agree with the gay lifestyle – in fact the Bible clearly forbids it.  With this being said, I am deeply saddened that all those people died without asking Jesus to forgive them – which He would have.  We all have sin and are in need of a Savior.  In the Amplified Bible, Peter writes:

The Lord does not delay [as though He were unable to act] and is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is [extraordinarily] patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
(2 Peter 3:9)

God didn’t intend for anyone to go to hell – in fact, hell was created only for satan and the third of the angels that followed him.

The Church Needs to Get Over Itself!

I heard that the church that provided the memorial service received a lot of flack from other churches and so called “Little-Christs” (AKA: Christians).  Is this being “Christ-like?”  No…far from it actually.  The Gospel, in its’ entirety, centers around one four letter word – that word is — love.   “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He[even] gave His [One and]only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. – John 3:16 (AMP).

Above all, have fervent and unfailing love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins [it overlooks unkindness and unselfishly seeks the best for others].
1 Peter 4:8 (AMP)

I hope this makes sense.  It is our job, as the church, to love people.  If we concentrate on that, God will do the rest!

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