People gather to mourn the dead
The tragic events in Orlando provide yet another glaring example of man’s inhumanity to man. Very few of us can even begin to imagine what was going through the minds of the hundreds of young partygoers in Pulse nightclub as the horrid truth about what was unfolding became clear. It wasn’t a case of exuberant pyrotechnics or sophisticated indoor fireworks. It was the crackling of gunfire and the flash of bullets as one hate-filled individual felt compelled to walk into the club and shoot dead 49 innocent people and injure many others.
Islamic State militants have claimed that Omar Mateen acted on their instruction. Whether he did or not is perhaps not important because, at the end of the day, both Islamic State and Omar Mateen are callous murderers, with no consideration for their fellow man and woman, and little thought to the pain and hurt that their actions cause.
The cries of parents, siblings, and friends have rung out from the devastated city of Orlando ever since Mateen decided to walk into the Pulse nightclub early on Sunday morning and shoot unashamedly at his unsuspecting victims. The world has joined them in mourning their precious loved ones who have been taken so suddenly and without warning. Little did they know that when they waved the young revellers off on Saturday night, it would be the last time they would see them alive. It is truly horrific.
At this time of great uncertainty with no little hate flowing through our world it is important that we Christians stand firm with all people of goodwill to continue to promote peace. There is no life that isn’t precious in God’s eye. This is our fundamental belief and we must fight hard to promote the sanctity of human life, be it the unborn child, the frail old woman, or the young lad enjoying quality time with his friends in a nightclub. All life is precious and worthy of protection.
We pray for the peaceful repose of the souls of the dead, and we pray for their families that they will find some comfort in knowing that their loved ones are at the mercy of a loving Father.
We also pray for those who are inclined to such violence, that their hearts be changed to see the inherent value of all people, even if some of them do not conform to their own beliefs.