“For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.” (Galatians 5: 14-15)
The shooting leading to the death of 50 members of the LGBTQ community is a cruel reminder that the major religions of our world have become associated with violence, intolerance and extremism. The recent events in Orlando is just the latest manifestation of this fact. Some are even wondering if religion can adapt to the realities of our society in this beginning of the 21st century.
In his letter to the Galatians Paul reminds the first Christians that loving one’s neighbour as oneself should be at the core of our message and actions. We are called to reject jealousy, revenge and self-centred behaviours so we can love all human beings. Our rejection of this lifestyle can only lead to more destruction and hatred.
As believers, our message to the world has to be clear. We ought to love one another, without exceptions nor limits. All our beliefs and faith lead us in this direction. If we forget this commandment and use words and weapons to exclude, harm or kill our neighbours, we destroy what is the best in all of us. The murder of 50 LBGTQ individuals is totally opposed to God’s message. Love should always win over hatred.