What Would Jesus Say after a Mass Murder?
INTRODUCTION: On Sunday, June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen entered into the ''The Pulse,'' a nightclub popular with Orlando's LGBT community. Mateen shot and killed 49 victims and wounded over 50 more. This attack was identified as the worst terrorist attack in the United States since 9/11. Many people have had many things to say following this mass murder. We've heard from presidents, presidential candidates, political parties, the FBI, gun rights groups, gun control groups, authors, talk radio hosts, etc. But the question I want us to consider today is, ''What would Jesus say?'' What would Jesus say after a mass murder?
Part of the answer might depend on to whom Jesus was talking. If he was talking to the victim's families, he most assuredly would speak a word of compassion as in Luke 7:13 when Jesus comforted a woman whose only son had died ''When the Lord saw her his heart overflowed with compassion. 'Don't cry!' he said.''
But what if Jesus was speaking to a gathering of people like this one, close enough to have heard the news fairly quickly but far enough away not to have necessarily lost anyone in the immediate family? What if someone in a congregation like this one were able to ask Jesus what he thought about an incident like the mass murders in Orlando. It so happens that something very similar to that is recorded in Luke's gospel. Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were offering sacrifices at the Temple in Jerusalem (Luke 13:1). When Jesus was informed of this by a group of people curious for his reaction he did, indeed, have something to say. I do not know for certain exactly what Jesus would have to say in the aftermath of any given act of terror or murder today. However, from this incident in scripture, and from Jesus remarks, I want to suggest five things that Jesus might say after a mass murder.
I. JESUS MIGHT SAY, ''IDEAS HAVE CONSEQUENCES''
John 18 ...
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