Grieving for the Orlando dead

A montage of some of the dozens of people killed in a night club in Orlando, Florida early on Sunday. Top row from left are: Amanda Alvear, Angel L. Candelario-Padro, Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, Antonio Davon Brown, Christopher Leinonen, Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, Darryl Roman Burt II, Edward Sotomayor Jr. and Enrique L. Rios, Jr. Second row from left are: Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, Frank Hernandez, Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, Jason Benjamin Josaphat, Javier Jorge-Reyes, Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, Joel Rayon Paniagua and Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega. Third row from left are: Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, Juan Ramon Guerrero, Kimberly Morris, Leroy Valentin Fernandez, Luis D. Conde, Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, Luis S. Vielma, Martin Benitez Torres and Mercedez Marisol Flores. Bottom row from left are: Miguel Angel Honorato, Oscar A Aracena-Montero, Paul Terrell Henry, Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, Rodolfo Ayala
A montage of some of the dozens of people killed in a night club in Orlando, Florida early on Sunday. Top row from left are: Amanda Alvear, Angel L. Candelario-Padro, Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, Antonio Davon Brown, Christopher Leinonen, Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, Darryl Roman Burt II, Edward Sotomayor Jr. and Enrique L. Rios, Jr. Second row from left are: Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, Frank Hernandez, Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, Jason Benjamin Josaphat, Javier Jorge-Reyes, Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, Joel Rayon Paniagua and Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega. Third row from left are: Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, Juan Ramon Guerrero, Kimberly Morris, Leroy Valentin Fernandez, Luis D. Conde, Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, Luis S. Vielma, Martin Benitez Torres and Mercedez Marisol Flores. Bottom row from left are: Miguel Angel Honorato, Oscar A Aracena-Montero, Paul Terrell Henry, Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, Rodolfo Ayala

I am not a homosexual but I must say I was grieved for all those people who were shot at Orlando.

I am not alone. Although the Bible makes it clear that homosexuality is wrong see Leviticus C18v22 yet no one has any right to punish them. God does not do murder and we who are different should remember that we have broken God’s commandments in other ways.

We all need God’s mercy and we should let Him do the judging. He wants us all to repent and be saved.

Most of us are so ignorant that now when we see two women or two men together we are tempted to think wrongly. But consider the following. All same sex relationships are not wrong.

In 2 Samuel C1v26 are the words of David about Jonathan ‘ Thy love was wonderful passing the love of women’ and in John C13v23 are the words ‘Now there leaned on Jesus bosom or breast one of his disciples whom he loved’.

I have heard it said 50 years ago that George Jeffreys and three other ministers in the Elim Revival Party vowed never to marry but to support each other while serving the Lord to the end.

So let us remember, be merciful and careful with our words and actions. Let us pray.

James K Gardiner, Coleraine