Archive for June, 2016

Yesterday, I watched the news and was wrecked with the thought, “oh no, not again.” I am amazed at what I am once again watching unfold on the political landscape of America. I am both angered, saddened and greatly disappointed at what I am witnessing.  
Yesterday we watched the worst massacre in the history of our nation happened. It was horrific. It was a thing that nightmares are made of as a man named Omar Mateen conducted an act of terror and gunned down roughly one hundred people. Fifty people died while numerous others are still in the hospital fighting for their lives. Parents have lost children. Children have lost parents. Brothers have lost sisters. Brothers have lost brothers. Sisters have lost sisters. Friends have lost friends.  
Here is why I am angered…Fifty people are dead. Yet, as a nation we seem to have jumped to political conclusions and bypassed the most important truth: life is to be valued. How is that most of the media I hear and witness along with the shared Facebook postings I see all seem to have forgotten about the lives that were lost. What have we become that our need to be heard has superseded our need to mourn as a nation and for our fellow man? People died, lives were destroyed and dreams shattered. Yet, instead of stopping to mourn we used others pains as platforms for our own agendas.  
Scripture is pretty clear when it says, “Mourn with those who mourn” (Matthew 5.4) and when it says to “visit the widows and orphans in their distress” (James 1.27). Yet, I sit back in embarrassment as my fellow Christians forget compassion is their first call. Jesus was pretty serious when He said “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”(Matthew 22.37-40). Meaning, if your love for God and for others is not at the heart of what you do and what you say you missing the whole point.  
When did our opinions, felt-needs and political views become more important than our need to treat all life with dignity and respect? I am sad. I am sad for the state of the America that my kids are growing up in. Quite frankly I am disappointed and embarrassed at the way many of my brothers and sisters in Christ are conducting themselves on social media.  
If moments like this don’t break your heart nothing will. If moments like this don’t break your heart then you are part of the problem with our world.     
Below you find a list of the deceased. Please read the names and say a prayer for their loved ones and for their friends who are still in the hospital.
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old
Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old
Kimberly Morris, 37 years old
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old
Amanda Alvear, 25 years old
Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old
Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
Cory James Connell, 21 years old
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old
Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old
Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan, 24 years old
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old
Frank Hernandez, 27 years old
Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old