The last time our 23 year old daughter saw her uncle, she was a only a few months old. The last time my husband saw his younger brother, he was on the verge of death, at the age of 33. Twenty three years later we still mourn the loss and miss him dearly. There is a void that can never be filled. This experience makes what I am writing about today one close to my heart.
As a rule, I would not write about. items in the news. However, the Orlando mass shooting and the inflammatory remarks concerning the gay community made by Pastor Jimenez of Verity Baptist Church, hit a little too close to home for our family. I do not believe a true follower of Christ should even think such thoughts of hate and murder let alone utter them out loud to a room full of adults and young children.
There are many people grieving right now. Their lives will never be the same. Comments such as Jimenez’s only expand the tragedy of what has happened in Orlando, Florida. These beliefs do not represent Christ and His message accurately. Jimenez would like to assume the right to be judge, jury and executioner. As I have shared with you before, God’s Son willingly gave His life, so any one could have new life in Him, if they choose, no matter how we feel about it. It is then God that has to do the transforming work in people’s lives. We are called to support His work. We are called to love. To let Him reach out through us.
It is the prayers we pray, the kind words we speak and letting people know they are not alone on the journey that can lead people to the love of God. I am troubled that someone that claims to be a brother in Christ, is spreading such hate, as if it is acceptable in Christ. It is not. If you do not agree, I urge you to thoroughly study, with an open heart and mind, the life and message of Christ.
When I came to faith in Christ at the age of 18, God sent a couple, Rosemary and Mike, to walk with me and help me learn to walk in a way that would bring life to my soul. That is all God wants for us. To walk in life. His sons life. He is a God of life and life abundantly. I dare say I would not have made it with out Rose and Mike taking me under their wings many years ago. I was so lost. There were times they wanted to give up on me but didn’t, and neither did God. I shudder to think of the life I would have ended up having, if I had even survived.
In the years since coming to faith I have made some big mistakes, and gone through a fair amount of tragedy. God carried me through the bad, when I could have turned and walked away. He waited patiently for me as I journeyed through dry times. In the dark times, the times when I felt like giving up, I could feel His gentle unrelenting tug upon my heart. He is no respecter of persons. What He has done for me He can do for those around me no matter what the circumstances. Let us not be the barrier that keeps people from Christ.
My brother-in-law was gay. It complicated family relationships. It brought trials. He died of AIDS, along with most of his friends. It did not change my love for him or my husband’s love for his brother. He was an amazing man. I miss him to this day and am sad that he did not see his vibrant, wonderful niece grow up. They are so much alike. He would have spoiled her rotten. He liked to spoil people. He had a huge heart.
Whether or not you agree with what I have said on, June 12, 2016, 49 unique people, created by God, were tragically killed. They will be missed for decades to come, by the people that love them. The void can never be filled. May God comfort those that mourn. May He open the eyes of those who do not. May we all strive to be vessels of God’s love.
Blessings, Leslie Rose K
I have been off the grid for a while without too much new to encourage you with. Much has changed in the last couple of years, as I walk with my mother as she attempts to dominate her own diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. I fell in December and that has sent me on quite a journey. I am hoping to begin posting again from time to time. I hope you will continue to follow along and share your thoughts with me.