The recent shooting at an Orlando Sodomite bar called "The Pulse" leaving 50 people dead has brought out two extreme views including best and the worst of so many people.
The Sunday after the shooting spree, an independent, Baptist pastor from Sacramento, California stood behind his pulpit, praised the killings and lamented that there were not more.
Pastor Roger Jimenez from Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento told his congregation that Christians “...shouldn’t be mourning the death of 50 sodomites.”
He added: “The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die. The tragedy is — I’m kind of upset that he didn’t finish the job!"
On the other hand, some seem to be reassessing their view and stand on whether sodomy is still a sin to be dealt with or even called a sin.
Joel Hunter, pastor of a mega church in Northland, near Orlando, has gone to reconsidering his stand on whether sodomy is still a sin.
At a prayer service soon after the shooting, Reverend Joel Hunter confessed he did not know how to pray for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community targeted in the attack.
“I have been searching my heart; is there anything I did that was complicit in the loss?”
That leads us to the question, "How are we, as Bible believing Christians, to respond to the killings in Orlando?" Or, better yet, "How can we live in this world and make an impact for Christ?" I believe the answer can be found clearly in the scriptures.
Colossians 4:5-6 "Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man."
WALK IN WISDOM
In the heat of the moment, it is easy to say things that end up being knee jerk reactions. We often walk in our own way and do that which is right in our own eyes. This is contrary to the reminder that Paul gave us to "walk in wisdom". To walk in God's way.
The Bible goes on to guide us in our speaking with the lost and dying world. We are to speak to them "alway with grace, seasoned with salt".
Grace can be summed up as good will and kindness. We are to treat the lost from a heart of grace. Not wishing the sodomites would die and go to hell but that they would "repent" and "believe the Gospel". When someone lifts themselves up to the place of God in condemnation and judgement, saying, "The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die"; they have become out of balance and have forgotten from where they came from: "a sinner saved by grace". Our speech should be alway with grace.
I love some mashed potatoes. However, they need some butter seasoned with salt and pepper. This is much the same with grace. Grace needs to be seasoned with the salt of God's Word. When you have good will and kindness toward the sodomite and never tell him that "sodomy is a sin" and the price for that sin is an eternity in the lake of fire, you have come short in your "walk of wisdom". Why? Because sodomy is a sin that is an abomination to God. We do need to loudly proclaim the truths of God's Word from a heart of grace. When you begin to reevaluate your view of sodomy with words like "I have been searching my heart: is there anything I did that was complicit in that loss?" you are forgetting that truth still does matter.
We need both grace and truth. Grace without salt is no good and truth without grace is no good. I thank the Lord that we can walk in a perfect balance of grace seasoned with salt.
When you deal with the lost, whether it is your family member or a co-worker, have some grace in your heart and season your speech with the truth of God's Word. You will have times where you struggle with grace and times where you struggle with telling them the truth. Continue to try to "walk in wisdom" with the perfect balance of "grace seasoned with salt."