Official Voice of the UPCI.
STANDING STRONG FOR ONENESS.
Today we are deeply saddened by the violent massacre in Orlando which resulted in dozens of injuries and at least fifty deaths. We are praying for the victims, their families, and the city of Orlando. The UPCI deplores all terrorism. We must remain vigilant against all forms of terrorism and pray for the safety and security of our country.
Our post expressed sadness and condolences on the occasion of a massive loss of human life, which we consider sacred. We also expressed our absolute disapproval of all forms of terrorism. Such mass killings are never justified. While this horrible event took place at a gay bar, this fact does not change our position in any way.
Of course, as Christians, we believe that God’s plan for marriage is one man and woman who make a lifelong commitment and that the sexual relationship is ordained exclusively for marriage (Genesis 2:24; Leviticus 18:22; Matthew 19:3–6; Romans 1:26–27; I Corinthians 6:9–10). We also unconditionally love all people, recognize universal equality under the law, and support civil rights for all people, including individuals who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. Jesus taught his followers to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31 NKJV). He also challenged them, “do to others what you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:31 NIV). The “neighbor” and the “others” are not qualified as being only those who share Christians’ commitment to Christian beliefs and practices. Indeed, Jesus even challenged his hearers to “love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44 NKJV). After all this is what Jesus has done for the whole world. Paul reminds us that “when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son” (Romans 5:10 NKJV). We oppose discrimination based on a person’s identity while affirming everyone’s religious freedom to endorse or not to endorse specific choices and lifestyles.
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UPCI, Heritage of inclusiveness and diversity.
~Ellington L. Ellis~