First of all, the mass shooting in Orlando has personal significance for my family. My daughter attends college there. Second of all, this obvious terrorist attack is an act of Radical Islam, Isis in particular. Thirdly, though I believe in Catholic Theological Tradition concerning the intrinsic disorder of homosexuality, and the illicit nature of gay ‘marriage,’ in no way do I condone violence against gay people. For I have blood relatives, past coworkers, and friends of friends, who are gay and have been good, kind, and generous to me. And my Lord and Savior expects me to be good, kind, and generous to them; not condoning homosexuality, but embracing their irreplaceable, and beloved humanity, treating them as my brothers and sisters in the Love of God.
Now to the problem at hand.
President Obama addressed the nation in the aftermath of the Orlando terror attack only to reveal the progressive game plan moving forward.
Amazingly, President Obama could not come to grips with the overwhelming evidence, from local law enforcement and the FBI, revealing the obvious terror links to Radical Islam and Isis. He could, however, begin creating inroads into further advances for the LGBT community, interestingly linked to the most frequently used word in his speech: hatred. He also hinted of further progressive-legislative energies aimed at gun control.
So, let me get this straight. Radical Islam inspires a man to kill over 50 fellow Americans in the name of violent Jihad. But all the President can do is see this tragedy as an opportunity to advance the agenda of radical progressivism? With ‘hatred’ being his speech mantra, where exactly is he pointing his finger at? With the advances of the LGBT community under the auspices of the Democratic party, and a fresh mass attack in a gay social club, will this ‘hatred’ of gay people be used as a political sledgehammer against the Catholic Church or against traditional Judeo-Christianity?
We must remember that true Christianity states without compromise: ‘Love the sinner, but hate the sin.’
But what does that really mean?
It means that we must treat the person in front of us with the same love we would expect from them. For Jesus said: ‘…love your neighbor as yourself.’ But Jesus also said: ‘the truth shall set you free.’ So, we are called to charity for our neighbor regardless of their political leanings, lifestyle choices, and social ideologies. We are also called to live a life of holiness, exemplified by Jesus and His saints, as illuminated by Catholic moral teaching. This can be a tough balancing act for the mere mortal like you and I.
But God’s grace is sufficient if we pray, attend to the sacraments, and obey God in love.
So this is why President Obama’s official reaction is alarming to the Traditional and faithful Catholic. We must preach the Truth, and we must Love. Both are inseparably one. But in no way are we, as Traditional Catholics, a threat to the peace and security of any American, regardless of their beliefs and agenda’s.
We are, however, unmoving in God’s Truth.
And in our unmoving faith, this might be what Barack Obama is ultimately pointing at when he states the word ‘hatred.’ Not in the murder of Radical Islam, but in the countercultural, uncompromising Love of Christ.
Be ready to bear the Cross!