By Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition.
In the dark hours of this Sunday morning some 50 people were killed and another 53 were injured in a terror attack in gay nightclub in Orlando. President Obama has called it an “act of terror and an act of hate,” and it’s being described as the most deadly shooting in American history.
The news of such violent atrocities comes to us so regularly nowadays that we may feel numb, helpless to know what to do or say after such events. But as followers of Christ we can’t simply shut out the pain and despair. We must bring light and healing.
These horrible events of recent years have targeted a wide variety of people: military personnel, movie-goers, elementary school children, and now patrons of a gay nightclub. All have dignity as made in the image of God. The death of any leads to mourning, whether they were targeted at random or not.
Over the years several writers for TGC have provided wise guidance on how to respond. These five calls to action apply to the most recent in a string of tragedies.
Murderous Hate is Misrepresentation of God Every Time, by Carmen Fowler LaBerge
Allah’s Executioner: Travesty in Orlando, by Mateen Elass
In the Wake of Orlando: A Love-Shaped Apologetic, by John Stonestreet at Breakpoint.
After Orlando, Can We Still Weep Together? by Russell Moore.
A Meditation on the Orlando Shooting, by Mark Galli, Christianity Today
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