The answer is “never!” The question is, when is it ever right to use death to make a point about lifestyles and religion? And yet—in the world we live in that is increasingly the choice.
The sheer number of tragedies is numbing. Where do we find refuge, when schools, churches, clubs, theaters, airports, races, and college campuses are targets?
Christians, school-mates, lovers, ex-lovers, Muslims, Blacks, LGBT, police, postal workers, you name it, are victims of bigotry and hatred.
I don’t know when I’ve seen more division within our country. The political diatribe is disturbing. We’ve had race riots, and the fear of ISIS is growing within our nation. Violence doesn’t have to be organized; it can come from one disturbed individual.
Even in the movies we have Batman against Superman and a civil war amongst the Marvel comic heroes. Division is everywhere!
Is there a safe place we can go? No. Is there a safe people group? No.
Our country tries to marginalize the church in many ways, but this is the time our country needs the church more than ever.
Where else do you find unconditional love but the church of Jesus? Where else do you find non-judgment? Who else strives for reconciliation? Who is it that shows up to mourn the loss, give blood, work to provide healing over and over again? It is happening right now in Orlando. The church is in the middle of the mess being the hands and feet of Jesus.
In the darkness, the light of Jesus shines brightest. In the hatred and violence, the love of Jesus is an overcoming force for good.
Indian Creek let’s be the church! Now, more than ever our country needs us!
Speak into the division words of life and peace. Help across the divide between race, lifestyle, religion and politics. Be Jesus to our world.
In 2,000 years nothing has stopped the church, Emperors have tried, and the church outlasted the empire. Persecution has come, and the church triumphed even over death. Cultures have attempted to silence the church, and still the Church of Jesus stands as a beacon of hope to the hopeless.
Jesus was right when He said, I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.
Remember, you are the church. The church is not a building, not a program, not a denomination; the church is the people—you and me. If we don’t stand up, show up and act in Jesus' name, the church is silent, absent and irrelevant.
Let’s be the church Indian Creek! Our world needs us more than ever before!