Hope in the Face of Tragedy

Yesterday I woke up to read about the tragic events in Orlando, Florida. My heart broke for the people involved.

Through out the day that sadness and compassion for the victims turned to utter frustration as the news reports put their spin on the ordeal, tweaking the facts to support their political view. Add to that some of my favorite writers turning this into a LGBT debate.

This shooting has opened Pandora’s Box on racism, sexism, gay issues and gun control.

Some say if we outlawed all guns we wouldn’t have this problem.

Some say this is the Christian’s chance to fully embrace the LGBT community and love on them in the name of Christ. They say Jesus would be on ground zero administering help anyway He could.

Some say this is why we should elect Trump or Hillary.

Everyone has an opinion on how we are supposed to react and respond to this tragedy, as if compassion needs to be politically correct.

If Jesus lived in human form today, I don’t know if He would be in Orlando right now. I do know that if He was there it wouldn’t be because it was a gay nightclub and He wanted to make a political statement.

He would be there because there were people killed that night. And it’s possible many of them did not know Him. He would be there sharing hope with the people. He wouldn’t care if they were gay, lesbian, Republican or Democrat, pro gun or anti-gun. He would be there because people are hurting, grieving and seeking answers.

As Sunday school as it sounds, Jesus really is the answer for the world today.

He is our only hope. He is the way, the truth and the life. No one goes to the Father but through Him. He came to seek and save those who are lost. He came to bind up the broken-hearted, to save those crushed in spirit.

The fact is 50 people died Saturday night. How many of them knew Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior? How many of them entered the gates of Heaven? If we want to serve as Jesus did, we love people by giving them hope beyond this world.

Our hope is in Jesus. He promises a life beyond this one if we will believe on His Son.

If we focus on all the political issues circulating around this tragedy, I believe we miss the point. Jesus invites us all into a personal relationship with Him. That is the only way to have peace that surpasses understanding and a joy that comes in the morning.

No, Jesus in human form isn’t walking the streets today, but He lives inside each of us who call Him Savior. And He told us that we would do greater things than even He did through the Holy Spirit because He was going to the Father.

How can we offer that hope to someone today?

“This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” 1 John 2:6





3 thoughts on “Hope in the Face of Tragedy

  1. Rebecca Williams says:

    …as if compassion needs to be politically correct. ..shabang! that says it all.

    My response is prayer. So many are hurt and lost and confused. I can’t be there physically, but I know the One who can move hearts to be there.


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