Orlando Shooting and Gross Hypocrisy!
Most of us have heard or read of the major crime that occurred today in the city of Orlando, Florida. We’ve known this city as the home of Disney World and many other entertainment places, but today it has become known as the place of unspeakable murder.
Preliminary reports (note that these are only preliminary since much remains to be known) has it that a lone gunman, a so-called Muslim “extremist,” was guilty of entering a sodomite (“gay”) bar in Orlando and opened fire on many dozens of homosexuals or sexual perverts and killed 49 of them as well as injuring 53 additional ones. How one man could have done so much harm until he himself was killed by the police, we have no idea at this point.
We know that God says that sodomites (or homosexuals), who “practice” their sin are “worthy of death” and “the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things” (Romans 1:32; 2:2). We also know that under the Law of Moses, sodomites (as well as adulterers) were to be stoned to death (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13). In contrast, homosexuals (as well as other sinners) are not to be executed by Christians, but are to be loved (Mark 12:28-31). They are to be presented with the good news of Christ, the blessed message of forgiveness (Mark 16:15-16), and believers in Christ are not to kill or murder them (1 John 3:15). Instead, God says that sodomites (and all other unforgiven sinners) cannot enter the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Galatians 5:19-21) but will be sent to hell (Hebrews 13:4; Revelation 21:8).
Thus, every Christian must condemn what this Muslim terrorist did at the sodomite/gay bar in Orlando, Florida. Instead of the Christian’s participation, it may be the job of the civil government to forbid such gross immorality as sodomy/homosexuality, but the saint of God must remain uncontaminated by this physical punishment!
The other side of the story is just as misleading, misunderstood, and perverted as the matter of sodomy. The one who carried out this self-appointed mass murder, was a Muslim. I should say a Muslim “extremist,” to please those who would not want to condemn the religion of Islam as a whole! Do we see something incongruous here?
The Lord Jesus says that we are to worship the Lord God and Him only (Matthew 4:10). And Jesus Christ is the only possible way to have a saving relationship with God. He is the only way of salvation (Acts 4:12), the only way to heaven (John 14:6), and the only access with God in heaven (1 Timothy 2:5). Eternal life only comes to those savingly related to God through Christ (1 John 5:11-13). This means that those who reject Jesus Christ and claim to follow a god named “Allah,” cannot enter God’s kingdom! They are alienated from God and His eternal life (Romans 1:16-18).
This means that a man who claimed to work as God’s executioner was himself separated from the God he claimed to serve! This was a Muslim who wanted to murder people guilty of gross sexual immorality (and everything else that occurs in a “gay bar”), while he himself was under God’s righteous judgment and holy wrath (Ephesians 5:5-6; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Romans 1:18; 2:4-5).
This must be a classical example of hypocrisy! We know that hypocrisy is claiming to be one thing while actually being something else. It is professing to be holy while inwardly one is unholy. It is proclaiming oneself to be pure and right, while inwardly the person is impure and wrong. Thus, a lost and deceived radical Muslim took it upon himself to kill lost and deceived people guilty of gross sexual immorality! This is the essence of hypocrisy!
What can we learn from this tragic incident? First, let’s listen or read the news with a spiritual discernment. We know that most people who may read this short article will just not understand the point, but those who do look at things through the eyes of God, as found in the Scriptures, will be able to see the point that we are making. So, first, seek to read the news in light of the Scriptures, the Word of the living God. Don’t just take news about Orlando or the dozens of other places where Muslims have killed massive numbers of people and then overlook the import of those news. Don’t just look at the surface, the loss, the tragedy, the guilt, the terror in the hearts of the bystanders. Look under the surface at the way God views these events!
Second, while we lament this tragedy and the massive loss of life in Orlando, let’s realize that all of us are under the sentence of death because of our sin (Romans 6:23). While we may be living and breathing physically, all people who are in sin and apart from God in Christ are lost and under His judgment (Ephesians 2:1). We express sorrow for the 50 lost souls who died and the 53 who were injured, and with their families, for the Christian is to love all people and have compassion on them. But never let us forget that millions of others in this country and around the world are spiritually dead and cut off from God.
Third, let’s remember once again that Islam can be a radical religion, known for violence and bloodshed. Some 1,300 years of history has revealed the aggressive nature of Islam and their stated intention of dominating the world through jihad. We are grateful that many millions of Muslims are kind and peaceful, but let’s also remember that they are not being consistent with their own Qur’an or religious writings.
We are glad that there are liberal or “moderate” Muslims, for this will make the world a better place to spread the good news of Christ to the world. But we must remember that the religion itself is a violent one. Think of the dozens of Muslim countries where the good news of Christ cannot be openly proclaimed in the market place, in print, on the streets, or elsewhere. Think also of the Muslim who comes to Christ and announces this to his family and friends. Such a Christian convert must be promptly killed or executed and this is true in many conservative Muslim countries of the world! We also know that a Christian who publicly announces that Jesus is the crucified, risen Son of God on the streets of Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iraq, or Iran, would promptly be thrown into jail and prosecuted!
Fourth, let’s not only remember that the Muslim needs forgiveness through Jesus Christ, but so does the sodomite (or those guilty of other sexual sins, such as fornication, adultery, etc.). In other words, right now there is an outcry from millions about the “poor, helpless, innocent” victims in this terrorist slaying. We must not conclude that they are really innocent. Everyone guilty of sin (including the horrible sin of homosexuality—or let us say, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual community) is under God’s judgment and will be excluded from God’s coming Kingdom of life, joy and peace.
Finally, let’s reject the common reactions of hypocrisy! We can see hypocrisy in the Islamic perspective that condemns the homosexual while being guilty of gross blasphemy against Jesus Christ. But we can see hypocrisy in the homosexual community that would condemn Muslims while being guilty of gross sexual sin, perversion, and wickedness. Hypocrisy itself is a horrible sin and one that Jesus Christ Himself repeatedly condemned!
Once again, we must say that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation in this sin-cursed, sin-perverted world! And all sin—whether sodomite sin or Islamic sin—is under God’s righteous judgment and will eventually be judged.