In the wake of a tragedy like Sunday's shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, you'd think politics could take a backseat.
The shooting at the Pulse nightclub killed at least 49 people and wounded more than 50, making it the most deadly mass shooting to happen in American history. Details are still emerging, but it appears that homophobia was at least part of the shooter's motivation for targeting the club.
Many celebrities have shared social media posts about the tragedy, and now Jessa and Ben Seewald are chiming in — by quoting a pair of notoriously anti-gay religious leaders.
Jessa quoted Albert Mohler, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, who said, "This is when we show that Christians mourn with those who mourn. May the Gospel of Jesus Christ be evident as the only power greater than a broken heart."
Among Mohler's controversial views is the belief that Christians should boycott the weddings of gay family members and friends, because attending would signal "moral approval" of same-sex marriage. He has also spoken out against the Catholic church, claiming it teaches a "false gospel," and he believes it is a sin to limit how many children one has.
Ben, on the other hand, chose to quote John Piper, a Calvinist Baptist preacher, who said, "Let it be said again. Through tears. Followers of Jesus lay down their lives to save others, not to slaughter."
Piper, who founded the website desiringgod.org, has also said publicly that Christians should boycott same-sex weddings, going a step further by saying that gay weddings are comparable to gatherings that celebrate theft, drunkenness, swindling, greed and adultery. He claims that anyone who attends a same-sex wedding is false, because "there is no such thing as a so-called same-sex marriage."
Comforting words, we're sure, for the LGBT community in the wake of such a tragedy.
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