A meditation written upon hearing of the shootings at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida on the morning of June 12, 2016.
When we demonize others, when we condemn others for simply being who they are: seeing them as less then human, we create Hell here on earth; welcoming the demons of darkness and eternal fire into our own souls.
Hell is not some netherous place in the afterlife. Hell is right here, right now.
In Sandy Hook.
In Oak Creek.
In San Diego.
Paris. Tel Aviv. Deir El Zour.
And now, in Orlando.
Hell takes root when we believe the threat of deadly force is our first defense against the transgressions, or faults, of those around us.
Hell thrives when we encourage violence or injustice against another for simply being “Other” than we.
Hell cannot die if we do not accept that the presence of evil in this world depends upon our own sin, not upon the sins of others.
Hell is in every city and town. Hell is in every one of us.
And yet, our unconditionally loving God forgives the evil we create.
My prayer is that we learn to forgive in return: rejecting and healing ourselves from the Hell we’re creating for ourselves and others here on God’s Earth.
We free ourselves from Hell through embracing love, not hate.
– Pastor Allen
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