My heart is broken for Orlando today. I can’t stop thinking about the lives that were tragically cut short, and the pain their families and friends are going through today.
Don’t be distracted by labels like “gay bar” or “LGBT” – at the end of the day, this could have been any of us.
When we live in a culture that seems to thrive on hate, the labels we all wear could be the target tomorrow. Today’s victims were targeted because they were in a “gay bar” – tomorrow it could be because they were in a church, a mosque, a synagogue, a sporting event, a political rally…
We all wear labels. And when hatred is present, no label is safe from being targeted.
But when love is shown, labels fade away. We are all humans, created in the image of God, worthy of respect, infinitely valuable and filled with promise.
As we respond to today’s tragedy, may our words be filled with love. May we remember to love our neighbor, without qualification, because “hate cannot drive out hate – only love can do that.”