Fortunately Franklin Graham is not the only voice speaking for Christianity in the face of the Orlando massacre.
Sadly these other voices will be heard by far fewer people than Mr. Graham.
So, to support awareness that the Christian response to Orlando is not confined to one voice, here are some alternate responses:
The Rt. Rev. Gregory Brewer Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida:
“Someone said that the deeper the grief, the fewer the words. That’s how I feel. Words of condolence have little value in the face of this carnage. For right now, all we can do is grieve, pray and support the families of those who have died the best we can.
“I will leave it to others to look for someone to blame. Instead – right now – all I want to do is to stand beside, pray, and love as best I can. There will be time later raise questions about security, gun violence, and homophobic rage. There is no justification for this atrocity. I categorically condemn what has happened. Better solutions must be found.
“What I do believe is that love is stronger than death. The promise of resurrection brings courage, and the promise of ‘a new heaven and a new earth’ should fuel all of God’s people to help build a better world. ‘Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’”
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby and the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu:
“After Sunday’s attack in Orlando as Christians we must speak out in support of LGBTI people, who have become the latest group to be so brutally targeted by the forces of evil.
“We must pray, weep with those affected, support the bereaved, and love without qualification.
“The obligation to object to these acts of persecution, and to support those LGBTI people who are wickedly and cruelly killed and wounded, bereaved and traumatised, whether in Orlando or elsewhere, is an absolute call on our Christian discipleship.
The Right Reverend Andrew M.L. Dietsche Bishop of Episcopal Diocese of New York, The Right Reverend Allen K. Shin Bishop Suffragan, The Right Reverend Mary D. Glasspool Bishop Assistant
Let the LGBT community around you, and especially the great number of gay and lesbian people in our pews, know that they are beloved members of our community, and today we mourn with them the loss of their many friends, loved by us and by God. And we ask all Christian people in the Diocese of New York to re-embrace the risen life to which you have been called, to join with one another to build true inclusive community in our churches and bear witness to that before the world, to be repairers of the breach, to trust God and God’s Kingdom Come, to never forget to love neighbor and enemy, to be advocates and servants of justice for all people, and to be ever in the things you do and the things you say witnesses to the love of God for all people, witnesses to the life and love of the Prince of Peace.
The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada:
Let us reach out to LGBTQ+ people and communities in our midst, and for a time to weep together and then, in a manner like never before, work together for the protection and honouring of the dignity, equality, rights, and freedom for all.
Let us be gentle and then let us be bold. Nothing less will do if we are to bear a faithful witness to the Gospel of Christ.
Pastoral Letter from The Rt. Rev. Dennis Drainville, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Quebec – 13 JUNE 2016
The discussions that we in the Anglican Communion have had over the last 30 years regarding the ordination of Gay persons, the blessing of same gender partners and the
current debate regarding the nature of marriage are in actuality our own attempt finally to bring about justice for the members of the LGBTQ community. God’s gift of human
liberty cannot be made hostage to any philosophy, religion or sectarian attitudes.
I call on all people who believe in peace and justice to encourage friends, family, neighbours and co-workers to take a united stand with the LGBTQ community. Let us work together to ensure Love, Hope and Faith are shared freely among all of God’s precious children.
The question still outstanding for the church of course is whether we will rise to the challenge of embodying these noble words in our community. Let us pray that we may have the courage to live into these exalted statements, regardless of the cost.