Pastor Saiko Woods
Pastor Woods is from His Word His Way Fellowship Church in Sugar Land, Texas, where he preaches God’s Word is our final authority. He also has a Bible-based watchman radio ministry called His Word His Way, a hard-hitting show in which he fearlessly tackles some tough issues facing the Church. You can also connect with him on Twitter.
Tragedy, hatred and bigotry struck in a huge way in Orlando, Florida early Sunday morning. A terrorist who pledged allegiance publicly to ISIS opened fire in a homosexual nightclub, killing 50 people and seriously wounding many more.
How do we process and address such hatred and violence as Christians? First we grieve the loss of human life–even those whose lifestyle we might oppose. The days ahead will be full of news, opinions and “spin” as people try to make sense of such a killing spree. Politicians from both sides of the aisle will propose ‘solutions”–but we as true believers know that only God can bring real answers. How do we as Christians talk about this tragic event and use it as an opportunity to point people to the only source of hope–Jesus?
Pastor Saiko Woods joins us today to share his thoughts on the terrorist attack in Florida over the weekend.
One News Now reported:
The deadliest shooting massacre ever to take place on American soil, slaughtering 50 and wounding at least 53, was carried out by an ISIS loyalist early Sunday morning at a “gay’ nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility Sunday afternoon through its Amaq news agency for the shooting rampage of 29-year-old Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, a Muslim who has openly pledged allegiance to the terrorist group, according to Reuters.
It was announced by ISIS’s news service that the shooting rampage was carried out by an “Islamic State fighter.”
Just after 2 a.m. on Sunday, the mass shooting began at the Pulse nightclub — which dubs itself “the hottest gay bar” in Orlando….
Here is Pastor Saiko’s straight-talking video response:
Another voice we’ve had on our program, Dr. Michael Brown shared:
I write these words with pain and with empathy for the victims of this latest terror attack, the deadliest on our shores since 9/11. I also write these words knowing that these deaths will be politicized for better or worse in the coming days. How should we respond to this tragic carnage?
…It doesn’t matter if these people were at a gay club or in an office building. They are fellow human beings who were murdered in cold blood. Whether they were murdered in a straight bar, a sports stadium, or a park they were murdered nonetheless and without any justification.
Unfortunately, in a climate in which religious freedoms are already under serious attack, this terrible massacre could have a chilling effect, further restricting our freedoms, as God-fearing, people-loving Christians will be lumped together with radical, murderous Muslims…
SCRIPTURES discussed on ‘Stand Up’ today:
Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? 3 I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” Luke 13:1-5
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4
2 Timothy 3:1-5
When I pondered to understand this,
It was troublesome in my sight
17 Until I came into the sanctuary of God;
Then I perceived their end… For, behold, those who are far from You will perish;
You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You.
28 But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
That I may tell of all Your works. Psalm 73:16-17, 27-28