Maybe you’ve seen the quotes from the Baptist pastor, Roger Jimenez, who seemed glad about the shootings in Orlando. He claims to represent Jesus and preaches in a church named “Verity” that claims to stand for truth. Neither claim is in line with Jesus’ teachings. It is true the Bible teaches homosexual practice is out of sync with God’s design. But so is heterosexual lust for someone not your spouse. And greed, gossip, and coveting something not your own. Jesus taught the inclination of our hearts in the wrong direction is just as serious as the worst act of that inclination. For example, anger against your brother is akin to murder, He said, and just as bad.
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. (Matthew 5:21-22)
Every one of us is equally guilty in the eyes of God when it comes to doing, or even thinking about doing, things out of sync with His design. To point fingers with a judgmental, holier-than-thou attitude is as serious before God as pulling the trigger. Roger Jimenez should have known that. He also should know Jesus did not come for those who considered themselves to be morally pure. He came for those who know they are not.
And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Matthew 9:11-13)
Fact is, God loves the Orlando victims and sent His Son, Jesus to save them. He came for Roger, too, if he can get over himself and see it…
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (John 3:17)