Apology to My LGBT Friends

My heart is broken. My blood is boiling. Today when scrolling through the news, I stumbled across an article titled, “Pastor Praises Attack on Orlando Night Club.” Hoping I had misread the title, I clicked on the article.

To my disgust, I learned that there is in fact a “pastor” in Sacramento who can be seen on YouTube telling Christians that we don’t need to do anything to help in the wake of the deadly shooting, that now “Orlando is a little bit safer,” and that we should not be mourning the deaths of the victims. I will not repeat the names he used to refer to the victims. As if he hasn’t already caused enough pain with his words, he continues, “I wish the government would round them all up and put them up against a firing wall, and blow their brains out.”

I cannot be silent. I will not be silent.

I doubt enough people read my posts for this to really make much impact, but I cannot quietly sit by while a man fueled by evil uses the name of Christ to spread his own hatred and wickedness.

If even one person from the LGBT community reads this post, then I hope it is worth writing.

Brothers and sisters, please hear me when I say, this man’s words do NOT in any way reflect the heart of Christ. Jimenez is not representing the word of God. There is no biblical truth in his hate-filled statements. The message he is spreading is an utter disgrace to the love God has for his children.

Your life is no less valuable in the eyes of God. You are his masterpiece, his cherished and beloved child. You do not deserve to be targeted, attacked or belittled in any way. You are created in the image of God—a God who encompasses love, compassion, grace, mercy and justice. You are treasured by a God who grieves when his children die, a God who abhors hatred and self-righteousness, a God who laid down his life in an act of love for us all, and a God who weeps with you as you mourn.

Nothing I say can erase the pain this man and others like him have caused.

Nevertheless, I want to offer my sincerest apology on behalf of the Church for any pain you have suffered at the mouths or hands of people falsely claiming to be Christians.

I am so deeply sorry that anyone claiming to be a Christ-follower could even fathom saying such horrible things to another human being. Hateful words do not represent the heart of the Church. And I am sorry for the all times you have looked to the church to stand up against such hateful bigotry but have instead been met with silence and inaction.

As you grieve the loss of the victims in Orlando, please know that Christians across the country are grieving alongside you.

We grieve because 49 innocent people lost their lives at the hand’s of a man filled with hatred. We grieve because our nation has once again experienced an act of terrorism, a deadly hate crime, a senseless mass shooting. We grieve for those who lost their loved ones, and we grieve for those who are bearing the brunt of hateful speech in the wake of the shooting.

We stand with you, we mourn with you, and we lock arms with you. We vow to raise our voices and speak out against the injustices you face. We promise to treat you with the utmost respect and to do whatever we can to never allow anyone to carry out acts of brutality against you.

You are loved, you are valued, and may you never be treated as anything less.

My deepest sympathy & my utmost love,

Kimberly Carroll

 

A note to my fellow Christians: If you agree, please either take the time to share this post or write your own. This is not a time to be quiet. Please, I am begging you, do not be quiet. So many people are hurting and looking to see how people who claim to love Jesus will respond.  Your words matter. Choose love.

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One response to “Apology to My LGBT Friends

  1. andrea kirby

    Thank you for your wonderful loving letter. I am not a member of the LGBT community but a Christian who struggles with the cruel intent of some people.

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