Why Christians Praying For Orlando Isn’t Hypocritical
The bible is a complex book. Filled with tons of things that people spend their entire lives figuring out. This doesn’t make it any less believable. On the contrary. It’s depth makes it that much more divine and substantial. Hypocritical rhetoric has been front page since the Orlando shootings because the same Christians that once held heartfelt beliefs about homosexuality, turning around and saying:
I’m really sorry people you know got murdered by a psychopath.
There are a few things you need to understand about the people you criticize as hypocrites for #prayingfororlando before you make fun of them.
First of all
The context of the bible is entirely contingent on the authors and the culture it was written in.
This means that the eating seafood and wearing linen thing you love to point out is only relevant in the culture and in the time it was written. Only because it was a commandment written for those specific people. But not everything in the bible is written this way. The psalms, as you’ve probably heard of, are poems. Written in song form to God. They are illustrations of emotion and relationship.
I’m not going to give a lesson on bible, because I understand you don’t care. But simply put. Before calling someone a hypocrite, think about the natural reaction to seeing a mass hate crime driven by an external ideology unfold in your own country. If you’re a person of faith, of course prayer will be the first thing you go to! So be honored that those people will set aside all differences to do the most intimate thing they can possibly do. Not because they have to, but because they want to.
The myth that Christians are homophobic simply because they disagree with what a person does or who they love is juvenile. This shooting is a conundrum; a micro-analysis of ideas. Simply because if you want to see an example of what homophobia ACTUALLY looks like, you just saw it happen. Christians are proving now more than ever, that the last thing they are, are homophobic. Phobia means fear! I don’t know one person on a one on one basis who is actually scared of LGBT people. I don’t understand the concept of mainstream homophobic christianity. It’s an old school mentality which has been long gone since the days of burning Beatles records and shooing kids off of lawns.
Thirdly,(if thats even a word)
I don’t know how many Christians you actually know, but all Christians who actually read their bible and pray to Jesus have one thing in common
WE KNOW WE ARE BROKEN
No one needs to tell us that we’ve looked at porn, or we’ve lusted, lied, pursued vanity, fornicated or anything else you want to use to prove that we’re not perfect Christians. But that’s where you’ve got it twisted. We severely understand our need for Jesus and lack of perfection, to the point where it becomes hard to relate to people who don’t seem to admit any flaws at all. There’s only one thing we need to do to be Christians and that is have complete faith in Jesus and what He’s done. That is why we can live with our broken selves.
But all that being said, the LGBT community is in great brokenness because of this tragedy, and robbing us of the ability to offer comfort by calling us hypocrites simply because you think our worldview is wrong is sadistic.
I have too many people who have told me about the intolerance they have felt simply because they told someone they are Christians. They are assumed to have some sort of moral implications without even speaking. Not everyone is like this, but it happens too often.
“Oh you’re a Christian, so like…you don’t like gay people right?”
I’ve literally had that said to me before. Then been called a hypocrite for saying I have gay friends. So who are the hypocrites really?
As for the “Christians” and “Preachers” saying this Orlando thing was a good thing…and that God called it to happen, and any other garbage like that, I can promise you this: They are sad people with no grasp on who God really is. I have biblical arguments on why they are wrong (very in depth theological ones) but I know you don’t care. God didn’t send any shooter to target a people group. He isn’t a God of malice. He isn’t a God of fear. God is a Father. He is Love. He is Kind. When we learn to discover the character of God in scripture in it’s PROPER CONTEXT things will really make more sense. We won’t have idiots claiming God killed gays, and we won’t have hypocrites calling people hypocrites for praying for people who just lost a family member.
In Harsh Love,