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Father, we thank You for loving all of us equally, even those of us who question our identity and reject You. We pray that You would help us to love the LGBTQ+ community, God, but also to stand firm on the truth of Your word.

Although we still do not know if the massacre at a gay bar in Colorado Springs was a hate crime (as of this writing), it is always appropriate to denounce all acts of violence and hatred against the LGBTQ+ community. There is absolutely no justification for such acts no matter how deep the disagreements.

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You do not murder someone because you differ with them.

All the more is this true for followers of Jesus.

Acts of murder and hatred are totally antithetical to His character, His example, and His teachings.

Unfortunately, before we know for sure what prompted the shooter to slaughter his victims in cold blood, the Washington Post and others are already assigning blame.

In the words of Casey Parks, writing for the Post,

“In the hours after the shooting, investigators did not say what led someone to open fire Saturday night in a Colorado gay bar, killing at least five people and injuring 25 others. But LGBTQ advocates across the country believe a surge of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and laws is at least partially to blame.

“When politicians and pundits keep perpetuating tropes, insults, and misinformation about the trans and LGBTQ+ community, this is a result,” Colorado Rep. Brianna Titone (D) tweeted Sunday.

“Titone, Colorado’s first openly trans legislator, and the chair of the state’s LGBTQ legislative caucus, said anti-LGBTQ lawmakers, including one of her colleagues, have used hateful rhetoric to directly incite attacks against LGBTQ people.”

Really? “ . . . a surge of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and laws is at least partially to blame”?

Since we still don’t know what motivated the shooter, how can any blame be assigned (other than blaming the shooter)?

Doesn’t this only stir up more fear and hatred?

What if the shooting was prompted by a lover’s quarrel (just to ask that theoretically)? How is that the result of “a surge of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and laws”?

Parks also cites Jay Brown, senior vice president of programs, research and training for the Human Rights Campaign, who claimed “that Americans can’t, and shouldn’t, separate those acts of violence from state-sanctioned efforts to limit LGBTQ rights.”

He said, “We’ve seen more than 340 anti-LGBTQ bills filed this year alone. We’ve seen a huge increase in anti-LGBTQ rhetoric online and by politicians, and we’ve seen real threats.”

But herein lies the problem.

If you oppose LGBTQ+ activism in any form, you are not only branded a ‘hater.’

You are also accused of ‘inciting violence.’

If you object to drag queens indoctrinating toddlers, ‘there is blood on your hands.’

If you do not want a biological male sharing a locker room with your daughter, ‘you are complicit in the Colorado Springs massacre.’

If you oppose the chemical castration and genital mutilation of trans-identifying children, ‘you are a murderer.’

If you support your state’s efforts to protect religious freedoms, thereby supporting “state-sanctioned efforts to limit LGBTQ rights,” you ‘contributed to the bloodshed in Colorado Springs.’

Have not leaders like Jay Brown made themselves perfectly clear?

For more than 20 years now, ever since I started preaching on the theme of “Jesus Revolution,” I have stated categorically that the Lord calls us to put down our swords and take up our crosses, devoting whole chapters to this subject.

I have shouted from the rooftops that we are called to overcome evil with good, hatred with love, and lies with truth.

The Lord’s kingdom cannot be advanced with carnal anger, hatred, violence, and bloodshed.

God forbid.

And as a leader in the culture wars since 2004, when I first felt called to push back against gay activism, I have made clear that all human beings, including those who identify as LGBTQ+, are created in God’s image.

I have also stated that Jesus shed the same blood for gays as for straights.

And our mantra has been simple: “Reach out and resist,” meaning, reach out to the LGBTQ+ community with compassion; resist the agenda with courage.

But today, if you dare resist the goals of LGBTQ+ activists, you are not just ‘a hater.’ You are ‘complicit in the shedding of innocent blood.’

This leaves us with two choices.

We either sit back and allow LGBTQ+ activists and lawmakers and educators to reshape society, taking away our rights and indoctrinating our children, or we get branded an accessory to murder.

What, then, should we do?

  1. First, we make clear in our words and attitudes that we categorically denounce all acts of violence and hatred against all those who identify as LGBTQ+.
  2. Second, we do our best to demonstrate our love for the LGBTQ+ community on a personal level, letting them know who we really are.
  3. Third, we stand our ground without flinching, knowing that opposing LGBTQ+ activism is a good and righteous thing to do.

The same God who calls us to love also calls us to stand.

How are you praying for the LGBTQ+ community? Share your prayers and scriptures below.

(Used with permission. By Dr. Michael L. Brown from AskDrBrown. Photo Credit: Maxim Hopman on Unsplash)

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Carol
November 28, 2022

No Mr. Mayor I am not reading your comments! This IFA prayer line is for legitimate prayers, not for anyone to be attacked because they want all to be saved! Keep your comments for your knees! FATHER GOD I bind all confusion on this IFA prayer line! Please send YOUR angels to protect and fight for YOUR heirs of salvation in every situation, in the MIGHTY NAME of JESUS!

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R
November 26, 2022

Isn’t this article in the wrong publication? All true Christians denounce violence against anyone! We also do not accept satanic lifestyles as legitimate on no level. Maybe I’m missing what this article is trying to portray? Let me read it again!

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C
November 26, 2022

First of all I pray for laborers to be sent to all people to come to the saving knowledge of JESUS CHRIST! I pray for them to be delivered from deception and hell! I do not specifically name lgbtq+, kkk, black panthers, or any other group. I pray for salvation of people! Period! I am fed up with lgbtq+ expecting to control everyone’s speech and actions in this country! So now we are supposed to cater to them in prayer also? I think not! They are sinners headed to hell and I pray for them like I pray for everyone else that doesn’t know JESUS as LORD! FATHER GOD please send laborers to them that do not know YOU as LORD so that they will receive salvation. I claim them for the Kingdom and decree that they not die and go to hell, but will be saved in JESUS MIGHTY NAME! Amen!

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Charlene
November 26, 2022

Our neighbor is a gay professional male. He is a very intelligent & caring man who’d come to our aid at any hour of the day or night & he has done so. He knows we really care about him & his current medical problems. He’s very musical & we share many good laughs together. We never try to impose our Christianity verbally on him, but we live our Spirit-filled loving life before him & he sees & knows where we stand spiritually. If the Door ever opens w/God having prepared his heart, we’re able & willing to walk through that DOOR.

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    Carol
    November 26, 2022

    And if he dies he will go to hell! I suggest that you tell him about JESUS asap! Maybe “watching” your lifestyle hasn’t converted him, so witness to him! FATHER GOD please send laborers to this man so he won’t die in sin in JESUS NAME! Amen!

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Larry Reed
November 26, 2022

The religious people of Jesus day, were so wrapped up in the law. That’ they crucified, our Lord.

The devil is subtle but then becomes blatantly propagating the acceptance of not only sin but embrace it. But you must first tolerate certain life styles, then accept them, then celebrate them, then allow them to flourish and even teach them to the next generation including your own children and it just keeps getting progressively worse which brings the judgement of God upon our nation. Of course, we are not to be violent and we should love everybody. It’s the love of God that constrains us and everyone else but we need to pray, there’s a line to be drawn and God already drew it in His Word.

Homosexuality, a sin… Repent.
God loves you and we love you but you’re must come to Him, as we all did and God can deliver you. I believe homosexuality is a spirit. Who knows, if the tide isn’t turned, they even may claim God’s covenant 🌈sign as their own logo.

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Darlene DeAngelis
November 26, 2022

Father God we need to love everyone no matter what but bring the truth to them no matter if they accept it or not no violence against anyone will prosper no violence will be accepted against anyone the Christian Community needs to now much forward as an army from God and go towards people stop running against people make us worry is for you Lord make us an army that you want in the name of Jesus

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