Exo 20:4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
5. You shall not bow down to them or worship them;
I am afraid that society has never considered that denying "God" is a form of "hate."
I doubt the "shooters" had ever heard that from any preacher or from any Christian friends or neighbors.
(We will get to "thou shalt not" later)
IDOLATRY can take many forms.
Something as simple as skipping church for NFL on Sunday (not to mention the "Sabbath to keep it Holy")
Pastor Timothy Keller wrote: "the idols that drive us are complex, multi layered and largely hidden from us." (Counterfeit gods)
Ones Ideology can become a driving force in every day life. It seems this violence is mostly driven by their ideology!
Hate blinded their eyes, hidden in their ideology is IDOLATRY!
We have let down society with a quiet Gospel, because some shouted "judgmental"! We have tempered our witness to God loves you just the way you are, instead of proclaiming "Therefore hear the word of the Lord" Isaiah 28:14
God, Almighty! With our repentance, lay not these murders against our witness. Inspire us in Your Holy Spirit and Power, make our witness to the sad, lonely, hurting and broken hearted with loving words yet with the boldness of Christ our Saviour.
From my heart,