How incredibly sad and horrific it is for someone to do what Omar Mateen did at the Pulse Nightclub this past week. There is never an excuse to kill, ever. It was wrong. The wounds will not heal for a very long time. The people who escaped and the families of the victims are traumatized deeply. This isn’t about sexual orientation, it is about people. The LGBT community was the target, for at this time, unknown reasons.
I want to focus briefly on the interaction between the father of the killer, and the nightclub, and then some other observations.
I have seen many quotes by this man and his sorrow for what his son has done. He has condemned the act and even gone as far as to disown his son saying, “Sometimes I wish the son wasn’t born.” When the murderer was killed, he left others to make sense of his actions. The spotlight has fallen on the father, and he has never tried to justify anything his son did. Expressing deep sorrow and remorse.
Today he made a comment about security and the fact the nightclub could have prevented the carnage with a better security system in place. The nightclub lashed out at him and called him “callous.”
What is lost here? This man has been dogged by reporters, microphones shoved in his face (gotta love the media) and relentlessly pushed to comment. Yes, many people lost their lives, and yes it was his son who killed them, but stop a moment and remember. He has to grieve too. What does he have to say for just the smallest amount of grace and understanding to be granted him?
He has made statements that reflect his personal beliefs in a country that was founded on freedom of expression, and he has to apologize for them.
We love our freedom though don’t we?
Then there is this:
In a series of interviews Monday, Seddique said: “God himself will punish those involved in homosexuality, this is not for the servants.”
On Tuesday, he apologized for those words, saying he spoke in the heat of the moment and was not thinking properly.
“If anything I said that was wrong, I hope they forgive me,” he said.
I will not apologize for saying he has a right to express his personal beliefs, just as any person has the right to live however they wish. Religious organizations are constantly scrambling to include those who choose to live the LGBT lifestyle. Many denominations now freely accept people with different sexual orientations, even in leadership positions, to the harm of their own people in many cases I would add.
Our society is caught up in a humanistic tidal wave that has been continually marginalizing and attacking religion and their institutions.
If the killer murdered because he disagreed with a certain lifestyle, he was unquestionably wrong. Just as those who have bombed abortion clinics to “save life.” Killing is wrong, period. That is all we need say here. It isn’t about gays, religion, or politics; its broken, unbalanced, under-the-radar people listening to the demons inside and acting it out in cruel fashion for the world to see.
The agenda that followed this despicable act was ready to leap into action before the crime even took place.
- Everyone rushes to condemn out of their own trauma.
- Everyone is ultra sensitive to every last word and their specific delivery
- Everyone is exploiting the situation to promote themselves
- Everyone is pushing their own agenda
I maintain the right to disagree with someones lifestyle. I will bet you do too. If you are gay, you disagree with the heterosexual lifestyle as witnessed by your choices.
Can I just say a bit of tolerance for those who disagree based on their faith should be exercised here?
How long has religion been squarely positioned on the side of a man and woman becoming one and creating life? Millenia. Just look at the anatomy of humans, let alone religious theology, and you realize we are uniquely made to be able to produce offspring. It takes two different people to do this, not two of the same.
The fact is, that mankind has decided they are their own gods now, and that they wish to decide for themselves what, and who they are. That free will was given by God himself, what we do with it has always been up to each individual.
Heres what we all do, we judge segments of our society based on the most extreme examples we can find. This gives our cause more credibility and justifies our continued divisive rhetoric and actions no matter which side of the argument we position ourselves with. It just so happens that mankind has always maligned other peoples beliefs which don’t agree with their own and used any and all means available to defend or promote their cause. Yeah, everyone.
The bottom line is…well I guess thats for you to decide, isn’t it?
Where do I stand? Maybe you have already decided that, but I will say this…God is the judge of man, not anyone here on Earth.
Isiah 55:6-9 (KJV)
6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
What these verses say is dependent on each persons willingness to heed them. I guess we all want to make sure we understand that fully, or at least as much as we decide we want too.