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As a blogger, I feel it would be remiss not to talk about the terrible tragedy that occurred in Orlando: the largest mass killing in US history.

I remember when the Paris shootings occurred my Facebook feed was awash with posts about prayers for Paris and red, white and blue profile pictures. Yet, after Orlando happened, barely a peep. I saw posts and shares from my gay friends and conspicuously few from my straight Christian friends.

I found this deeply disturbing on multiple levels. Even if people don’t agree with homosexuality, they could not possibly stay silent to such an abhorrent act? They had to have compassion and empathy for these people innocently killed or injured?

But then I dug into the archives of my own Christian history. Even 15 years ago, what would I have thought?

They deserve it. They were sinning it up and this is God’s justice.

Or maybe…

That’s what you get when you live that kind of lifestyle.

Or

That’s sad, but I don’t want to say anything about this on Facebook. What will people think of me? They’ll question my Christianity.

Or

That’s them and not me.

What does the Bible say?

1.Mark 12:31

‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

Does it say love your straight neighbor as yourself? Does it say love your white neighbor as yourself? Does it say love your Christian neighbor as yourself?

Being an Asian person, if an Asian group were attacked, how would I feel if I found only support from other Asians on social media or otherwise? How would I feel if I didn’t feel any comfort or compassion from Christians?

2. Matthew 9:13

But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Colby Martin, thank you for reminding me of this scripture. In a world and a culture where your worth is based on results and performance, this scripture resonates on so many levels.

Would Jesus shoot judgement on the victims in Orlando or would he show unconditional love, empathy and mercy as he bandaged their wounds?

3.1 John 4:20

Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have seen.

I believe we are all children of God because God made us. Of course this does not mean we are all Christians, but if we cannot love someone in front of us, how can we love God?

The reason Christianity spread like wildfire in the first century was largely because Christians loved the “unloveable.” Christians cared and loved the sick, poor and those who were outcast by society.

What impact would the Church have on the world if Christians exhibited this kind of love today, rather than judgement and condemnation?

4.Matthew 11:19

The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”

I don’t believe the way Jesus reached people was by having them come to Him. He met them where they were at. This is why someone like Mary Magdalene could feel completely comfortable with Jesus. Would someone like her ever feel comfortable hanging out with Pharisees at the synagogue? Doubtful.

Rather than silence, indifference and judgement, the Bible speaks love, mercy and empathy for our LGBT  neighbors, friends, brothers and sisters.

What are your thoughts about Orlando?