What Matters

sacrificial-lamb3by baldilocks

In the wake of the Islamic terrorist attack on Orlando’s Pulse club–an establishment with a primarily gay clientele–online activists of the Organized Left and those who have been duped by them have taken the opportunity to blame Christians for it. Sounds crazy, does it not?

But this has been the pattern them for every mass shooting  since the 2011 Tucson, Arizona shooting. That Christianity is being blamed for the acts of a Muslim isn’t what matters, however. That the victims–49 dead and 50+ wounded–were primarily gay isn’t what matters. That’s this was an attack on the liberty of Americans by a death cult isn’t what matters. That President Obama–once again and along with his ideological brethren–is loath to blame the innocent and amenable to overlooking the guilty isn’t what matters.

And it’s not even Christians who matter. It’s Christ who matters.

All this morning, I’ve seen people assert that the Bible also advocates death for homosexuals–even from Christians. In an effort to repudiate this assertion, unlearned Christians assert that Mosaic Law is ignored and done away with. But that isn’t what the Man they claim to follow said.

17 Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfill them.

–Matthew 5:7

People who don’t bother to read the Old Testament do not get the context of what Christ meant when He said that. In the Old Testament, a lamb without defect was a sin-offering for the people, sacrificed by a Levitical priest. Christ’s purpose was to be the final sin-offering: to be the final Lamb foretold of by all the prophets, to be sacrificed for all sins–to fulfill the Law once and for all.

I’ve had to correct so many people about this and I thank God for those opportunities. And if someone who is hurting because of what happened in Orlando–or for any other reason–finds this out, grabs hold of it in faith, and is comforted by it, then His work is done. Once again.

And that is what matters.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

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