Here is an important word of advice to Christians from Matthew Vines, the founder of The Reformation Project, about how we should respond to the violence in Orlando.
For my own part, in my hasty response yesterday, I did not explicitly point out that the victims were targeted because of who they were, because they were LGBT people enjoying one of the few spaces where they could fully be themselves. And they were murdered for it. Leaving that out was an unthinking oversight, but a big one. I apologize. And let me make it clear now: LGBTQ people, our brothers and sisters and friends and fellow human beings — we see that no matter how great the strides this country has made socially and politically, you are still being attacked, battered, murdered because of who you are. We stand with you, without qualification or equivocation. We stand with you, in Love, because God does too.