Over the past few days, I have been asked many times, “What is your response to the attack in Orlando?” While I understand the question on one hand, I am also saddened that the question even has to be asked.

In the Old Testament, the Bible says this in Jeremiah 29:7 (ESV) –“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you … and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”

It’s a very curious statement, because it was spoken to the nation of Israel who, at the time, were exiles of war in Babylon. They are prisoners without a homeland, their own capital city lay in ruins. And they are told that despite themselves being victims of violence, they were to respond by showing love to the people of Babylon – to work for the well being of their captors, and even to pray to God on behalf of the city.

The fact is that today, in our hometown, 49 people are dead, 53 others injured, and hundreds if not thousands more are mourning loss. What should our response be? “Seek the welfare of the city…and pray to the LORD on its behalf.” We respond by showing the compassion and love of Christ to our neighbors. That means if you can give blood, give it. If you can pray with someone, do it. If you know someone that is mourning, be there for them however they need you to be there. In whatever way you can, seek the welfare of our city. After all, for the Christian, our hope is in a God who bled and died to bring us near to him. Loving your neighbor as yourself is the natural outflow of our love for Him.

As the Senior Pastor of The Church at South Lake, I can say with godly conviction that will always be our response. That is and will be my family’s response. I pray that it is yours. ‪#‎PrayForOrlando‬
With hope,

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