And Jesus answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” Luke 13:2-5
The recent tragedy at an LGBT Orlando nightclub should give us pause. These things don’t happen randomly or by chance. We are reminded that not even a tiny sparrow can fall to the ground apart from our Father in heaven. So what are we to think?
Christ spoke of LGBT nightclub massacres in the gospels. Not specifically by name, yet definitely specifically in character. In Luke 13 he first mentions the Galileans, who Pilate had apparently slaughtered and mingled their blood with sacrifices to make them detestable. He then spoke of a specific eighteen persons killed when a tower collapsed. Perhaps reminiscent of our 9-11. Christ wanted to drive home the point that these catastrophes had a two-fold purpose: to awaken in us a terrifying sense of God’s impending judgment, and to awaken a sense in all of us that we are ALL deserving targets.
No doubt the LGBT agenda is an affront to our Creator, but so is the promotion of Polytheistic Religious Freedom and the political rejection of God, for which our nation stands. From that we could compose a list of sins that runs a million miles long. Truth is, as a nation we all deserve to be mowed down in tragic nightclub style. As Calvin commented, “Christ does not forbid believers to look carefully at God’s judgments, but he tells them the right way to go about it—they must begin at their own sins. This will be the best, for their voluntary repentance will anticipate the punishment of God.”
In the midst of all the sentimentalism that this event will rightly provoke, we must not lose sight of the point: Christ is beckoning us to repentance and through his grace, holding open the shrinking window of opportunity to be saved, both as individuals and as a nation. Will we seize the opportunity?