Every time a vicious crime is committed against a group of LGBT people or a natural disaster befalls a Gay Pride event, my ears are pained by senseless explanations offered by religious yet graceless voices.
Most Christians mourn and weep over these tragedies, but I always hear a few Bible Belt dwellers claiming "the heathen" got what they deserved — that God smote the sodomites as they reveled in their sins. They recall biblical stories like Sodom and Gomorrah and almost excitedly proclaim that God is "still in the business of judging rebels!" There is no doubt in my mind that there are religious yet gospel-ignorant men and women sitting in their church pews as I write this article, feeling tempted to utter such insensitivities in the wake of the Orlando gay club shooting.
If you are one who is inclined to believe these gay club attendees got what was coming to them, I plead with you to consider the words of Jesus: more >>
Omar Mateen, the 29-year-old identified as the shooter who massacred at least 49 people at the popular gay Pulse nightclub in Orlando early Sunday, was an ISIS sympathizer upset by two gay men openly kissing and touching in front of his family.
Investigators are now trying to determine whether it was terrorism, a hate crime or a combined force of both triggers that pushed the man who lived in a modest two-bedroom condominium in Fort Pierce, Florida, over the edge.
Early Sunday, an American-born man pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State and proceeded on gunning down people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Fifty people are already confirmed dead. The tragedy has been considered as the deadliest mass shooting in the United States since the September 11 terror attack in 2001.
CNN reported that the gunman, 29-year-old Omar Mateen of Fort Pierce, Florida, was already on terrorist watch as he was interviewed by the FBI in 2013 and 2014. However, he was not found as a threat and was released by the officials. more >>
Christian leaders mourned the victims of the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history and expressed sympathy for the gay community, the target of the Orlando shooting suspect, Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, who had been interviewed twice in 2013 and 2014 by FBI for alleged "terrorist ties" and swore allegiance to the Islamic State minutes before the massacre.
"Let's call our congregations to pray together. Let's realize that, in this case, our gay and lesbian neighbors are likely quite scared. Who wouldn't be?" Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, wrote on his blog.
"Demonstrate the sacrificial love of Jesus to them. We don't have to agree on the meaning of marriage and sexuality to love one another and to see the murderous sin of terrorism," Moore added. more >>
Shortly after the 9/11 terror attacks, my wife and I realized that her only brother, Douglas, used to work at the World Trade Center. Was it possible he was among the victims?
Tragically, although he no longer worked there regularly, he was doing a trade show there that day and he perished along with 3,000 others, leaving behind a wife and two young children.
Four years ago, a graduate from our ministry school was assassinated by Islamic terrorists while serving in an impoverished Muslim community in the Middle East. He was like a spiritual son to us, and he also left behind a wife and two young children. more >>
WASHINGTON — Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson reminded a gathering of prominent Christian conservatives Saturday night that Jesus Christ also died for the sins of gays and lesbians and stressed that more Christians need to "stand up for the word of God."
On a night when Concerned Women for America founder Beverly LaHaye was honored with the 2016 Faith & Freedom Coalition's Lifetime Achievement Award, the retired neurosurgeon was asked to deliver a keynote address at the "Road To Majority" conference gala dinner, which was attended by a number of prominent social conservatives from across the country including former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, CWA President Penny Nance and author and religious freedom activist Johnnie Moore.
After the 87-year-old LaHaye explained in her acceptance speech that she started Concerned Women for America in 1979 so that the voice of Christian women would be inserted into the national abortion debate, Carson called on Christians to continue to let their voices be heard on gay marriage despite the fact that the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage last year. more >>