I was so surprised to find out about the shootings in Orlando after our services this morning. My concentration was on preparation for our services and I was not aware of the brutal killings in Orlando ( The same city where we are privileged to have our bible college ). Instead, I was focusing on the message I had on my heart which the God had led me to minister. The title of which was " Power, Pride And Prejudice = A Blind Heart To The Truth About Us. "
In my message today considering David and Bathsheba, in addition to our gospel passage about the woman who opened the alabaster box. I painted a picture of the poison of excessive Power, Pride and Prejudice. All of which can touch the heart of any believer no matter their financial position or status in the community at large. The fact that hatred and prejudice seems to have caused the heart of the shooter in Florida to carry out this demonic act. Is a sober reminder of what happens when Power, Pride and Prejudice get in the way of a balanced worldview. Something each believer should be careful of in examining their heart in the light of God's Word, and the illuminating force of the Holy Spirit.
All we at FBC want to lift up the city of Orlando and all those affected by this blatant disregard of human dignity. The loss of life is tragic and this sort of violence should not be tolerated by our society whatsoever. How or why it all happened is unclear in many ways. However, I pray our Lord comforts hearts, and grants us wisdom in the days ahead. Giving us hope for the future, that this type of behavior will dissipate rather than accelerate in the years to come.
Reverend Patrick Vossen,