Last night, I stopped by the Vancouver Art Gallery. Vancouver Pride was having a candlelight vigil honouring the victims of the tragedy in Orlando. About 500 people attended
It was a very respectful event,They honoured the victims in a peaceful manner. They even mentioned the names and asked the crowd to repeat the 9 that they knew at the time.
They also spoke forgiveness towards the Muslim community. Suggesting that some Muslims were afraid to show because they may feel that some are anger. They even suggested a dialogue.
They spoke up against fundamentalism of any kind.
They reminded the crowd of the battles of before and how they prevailed.
Considering the circumstances they kept it very respectful and honouring.
However, I was struck by something.
Where was the Christian Community?
There are a few churches close to the Vancouver Art Gallery. The only one that had a representation was the United Church. He was one of the speakers.
But where was everyone else?
You can say that it wasn’t a Christian that shot them. However, there are many that have pointed of the anger and the hurt from Christians towards the LGBT community. And many of those feel that this had an impact on what happened.
It seems the first time that Christians speak out is when they remind people of the Scriptures. You know, the ones that condemn homosexuality. The ones with signs and the insults. There was even a video from a certain “pastor” praising the attack.
This was an opportunity to do what churches call each other each week. Go out and reach the community. Be as Jesus said “Salt and Light”.
Yet last night, it seemed… nothing.
Maybe you have services. But what if you actually cancel the services and go down to the vigil?
You reflect on the love of God. And how God loves all of us.
Yet in a time to show it….silence.
Which is interesting because the time to speak out from many preachers like Franklin Graham, John Piper is…often.
That message speaks volumes. The fact that they couldn’t attend the vigil also speaks volumes.
You say Kevin you are making a generalization. There are many Christians that love LGBT. There are very few Christians that hate LGBT. It’s only the loudest that speak. They are the minority.
II say It’s not enough anymore.
It’s Christsplaining. It’s as useful as “Thoughts and Prayers”.
If we truly love our neighbours, this would be the time to go out and show it.
Not hide your head in the sand.