“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3:17
On June 12, 2016, a mass shooting took place in Orlando, Florida, USA. In this tragedy, 50 people died and 53 were injured. It has been said to be the worst terrorist event on US soil since 9/11. The location of the shooting was a gay night club and had taken place at 2am in the morning. The shooter, shot and killed by police, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq before the attack.
Upon hearing the news, nothing in me said, “That’s what those gay people get. They should not be living that way.” Nothing in me said, “That’s God’s judgment on the LGBT community!” Nothing in me was judgmental or hateful. I didn’t see sexual orientation when the mass shooting took place, all I saw was precious lives lost. My heart sank and I began to pray for the families of those who were lost. In the face of tragedy, the only thing that matters is the people we lose. As we walk from day to day, the only thing that matters is the people we lose.
Jesus saw people and had compassion on them. The Bible says, “Jesus didn’t come into the world to condemn the world, but that they through Him might be saved.” We must see people, not their sexual orientation, not their different religious beliefs, not their tattoos or piercings. We must see people with the eyes of Jesus. Our generation has become like modern day Pharisees. We’re too busy being critical and judgmental that we can’t see. We think ourselves to be spiritual, but we are void of compassion. We must ask the Lord to help us see people with His eyes. Feel with His heart. Touch with His hands. We can’t help anyone, and are utterly useless, when we are being judgmental and condemning in our hearts.
See with His eyes. Feel with His heart. Touch with His hands.
Prayer: Lord, forgive me if I’ve been critical, judgmental and condemning. That’s not of you. Touch my eyes. Help me see people with your eyes. Help me feel with your heart. Help me touch the world with your hands. Don’t let me become void of compassion. Don’t let me be so busy judging others that I forget how you saw me and saved me. You didn’t condemn me. You didn’t judge me. You saw my need. This world needs Jesus more now than ever, but if I don’t grow in compassion I won’t be able to help anyone. Grow me up Lord. Mature me in your love. Help me see people with your eyes, no matter their lifestyle choices. Be glorified in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.