I’m not going to have a conversation about terrorism or ISIS or any of that following this Orlando shooting. I’m not going to do that because groups like ISIS are not following the One True God. (Or Allah, or Yahweh, or whatever you’d like to call Him.)
They’re serving their own selves. They’re using His name as an excuse.
What I am going to talk about is just the way your average believer also uses His name as an excuse. As an excuse to
Spit on innocent people
Feel better than the sinner next to them
Delight in chaos and destruction
Justify their bigotry.
The man that shot up Orlando was a disaster. This much is evident. However, his family describes him as not even really being a practicing Muslim.
You know what I saw, following that attack?
Countless tweets, from Muslims, Christians, and others alike, praising the shooter for his actions. Happy that so many people needlessly died and suffered.
When you sit there and claim our wonderful, perfect God would honestly condone these actions, would condone you taking judgment into your own hands, when you claim He would find love itself a sin, you are deceived.
You are not worshipping the One True God any more than ISIS or the KKK or any other hateful extremist groups.
You are worshipping an ugly, monstrous caricature of Him, made of spit and venom and all your unfounded hatred and sheer lack of humanity. You are worshipping a puppet that you stick your hand into and make talk as you see fit. You are worshipping a lie that serves your own self, your own bigotry, your own hatred.
The One True God is nothing like the monster you’ve created. Our Lord is not a hateful, fear-mongering, intolerant, unjust disaster in the clouds. He is love. He is light. He is everything good, there is not a speck of evil anywhere near Him and His throne.
Jesus tells you to love one another. He is the radical of His day. He is the one that tells you, fuck it. He is the one that reminds you that we’re all sinners here, and to sit there and spit on someone for not being like you is hypocritical, wrong, and misguided. Love is not a sin. Murder is.
Get off your high horse and actually follow your God.
He died for you.
Why are you driving the nails further into His body?
Shame on all of you, each and every one of you, that DARES use the name of God to justify even ONE atrocious action, ONE shred of bigotry and abuse, ONE ounce of injustice.
Shame on you for letting so many centuries of hatred flourish, for letting His word be manipulated and twisted into such heinous, bastardized nonsense, for using His name to shout your twisted bigotry and feel good about it.
So long as you claim God supports such filth, so long as you believe God actually thinks something as pure as love and free gender expression are sins, so long as you use His radical, revolutionary name to SILENCE revolution and the fight for true justice…
I know that you are worshipping your phony, warped caricature.
I know you’re worshipping yourself.
Edit: It seems I didn’t make this clear enough. If you arent using your religion to justify your blatant homophobic/transphobic tendencies, then obviously this doesnt apply to you.
This post is for those who sit there and spit on innocent people and applaud a killer for “doing God’s work”.
Thia is for everyone who has ever used God’s name to justify hate.
This world is erected upon the principle of reciprocity. Neither a drop of kindness nor a speck of evil will remain unreciprocated. For not the plots, deceptions, or tricks of other people. If somebody is setting a trap, remember, so is God. He is the biggest plotter. Not even a leaf stirs outside God’s knowledge. Simply and fully believe in that. Whatever God does, He does it beautifully.