Since I learned of the horrible attack that occurred in Orlando, I haven’t been able to get my mind off the victims and their family members. I’ve had more time than is good for me yesterday and today to listen to NPR and read various reports about the attack, the shooter, and the people who witnessed the terrible events that transpired early this morning.
The events of Sunday morning’s attack have caused me to dig deeper into what I believe in regards to spirituality. As a Christian, I have accepted the role of being one that will promote the Gospel to the lost (Matthew 28:19). So today I reflected on the examples that Christ put forth in how to spread the gospel.
In the 23rd chapter of Matthew, Jesus himself addresses the topic of positive Christian leadership. This example highlights that strong Christian leaders will be exalted through humble service. Jesus is comforting the people he is addressing in this passage as well, he states that the religious leaders of the time “they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.” The religious leaders were hurting the very people that Jesus came to serve and protect. As his brothers and sisters, he calls on us to do the same in his name. Jesus gave us perfect examples of how to serve in God’s name, yet it seems that as humans, one of the biggest struggles we face is putting forth the effort necessary to serve those who we feel are lost.
It hasn’t worked and it won’t work in the future, because it isn’t what are instructed to do.
As Christians, we will never promote the Love of God to others if we continue to try to do it “our way”. Jesus made a special attempt to make sure that those who were vulnerable were not persecuted in the name of Christianity. During these very difficult times I hope I can remember to follow his example of service, and that those who are in pain whether it be physical or emotional will find some comfort through Christ.
John 4:18 has captured my heart today, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” I hope all those who are mourning in the coming days, weeks, and months feel the perfect love that God has for them, and that his children have for them as well.