At the beginning of the Tony Awards on TV last night, James Corden, Master of Ceremonies, paid a tribute to the victims of Sunday’s massacre in Florida, proclaiming that “hate will never win!”
History (and prophecy) shows that this is not the case. Hate is, rather, on the increase.
A BBC anchorman yesterday made a ridiculous statement, saying that the perpetrator of the attack on the gay nightclub was not motivated by his Islamic beliefs, but rather a hatred of gays. Clearly, he is not familiar with Islamic beliefs. Gays are routinely punished throughout the Middle East by being thrown off the tops of tall buildings.
“The Koran forbids any sexual relationship other than in marriage between a man and a woman.” (“Islamawareness.net. “Islamic view about homosexuality.”) “We also (sent) Lut: he said to his people: “do ye commit lewdness such as no people in creation (ever) committed before you? For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds.” (Koran 7:80-81). “If a man who is not married is seized committing sodomy, he will be stoned to death.” (Abu Dawud 38:4448).
In western countries, gays tend to be liberal and, therefore, in favor of Islamic immigration. I’ve often wondered when the two would clash. They exploded early Sunday morning in Orlando, Florida.
Predictably, the liberal media, including the BBC, said that the attack once again raised the issue of gun control. This may be the case in Washington, DC, but the only “gun control” discussed in America’s heartland is the need for everybody to be opposed – increasing fear means there is a greater need for guns! A few hours after the mass shooting, somebody came up to me before a church service and asked what I thought about people bringing guns to church. The attack on the gay nightclub could just as easily have taken place at a Christian church – dozens of churches have been attacked by Islamists in the Middle East and Pakistan.
Of course, you don’t have to be a Muslim to attack a church. Exactly a year ago a young white male walked into a predominantly black church and shot nine people dead.
While the liberal media are raising the issue of gun control, conservatives tend to question Islamic immigration. The attacker was a 29-year-old US born citizen, with Afghani parents. Second generation Americans of Islamic origin are seen increasingly as a growing problem in the United States and elsewhere. According to one television report Monday morning, the attacker when a teenager jumped for joy in High School while watching the events of September 11th, 2001. His father apologized for his son’s actions, but is running for office in Afghanistan representing the Taliban, who are allied to ISIS. Can Islam co-exist in a liberal western democracy? It doesn’t seem like it can.
But it’s not just Muslims that hate. Christians can be hate-filled, too. Sometimes, this can be done innocently, without intended malice.
I sat and listened to a sermon online recently when we were not able to go to church. As we had two of our grand daughters with us, we picked a youth-oriented sermon about the biblical king Josiah, who ascended the throne at a very young age and tried to do what was right in the eyes of the Lord. The sermon was a very good one, except for one sentence, which went something like this: “We all know that Jesus would never have mixed with gay people . . .”
We do? There’s nothing in the gospels that says that. In fact, gay people are not mentioned once. Of course, the word “gay” referring to people who prefer the same sex, did not come into the language until well into the twentieth century. This statement was made before impressionable young people who probably went away believing what they heard, not questioning the truth of the statement. Rather, the gospels show us that Jesus mixed with “publicans and sinners,” including prostitutes. Jesus said: “They that are whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.” (Matthew 9:12).
There must have been gay people at the time as we see in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, written about 25 years after Christ’s death. He wrote: “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites . . . will inherit the kingdom of God.” (I Cor 6: 9-10). It should be noted, here, that the Apostle Paul treated all three sexual sins equally. The Greek shows that the three sins listed all involve penetration. The only sexual relationship sanctioned in scripture is between a man and wife within a loving and committed marriage. Christians should speak out in support of this teaching, condemning all sexual sin. Sadly, many Christians are quick to condemn the last of these while treating the other two lightly. This only breeds hatred.
Michael Morrell, former Deputy director of the CIA and author of “The Great War of our time,” warned this morning on CBS that we can expect more attacks like the one in Orlando. Focusing on the ISIS connection, Mr. Morrell warned of the growing danger from radical Islamism. Presidential candidate Donald Trump called on President Obama to use the term “radical Islamists” to describe the perpetrator – the president has consistently refused to use the two words together.
James Corden is wrong. Hate is winning. It’s always been there but now radical Islam has been added to the mix. With growing numbers of Muslims in western countries, acts such as the one yesterday, will inevitably become more common. Christians should be very careful not to contribute to the hate.