President Obama is under fire for not pointing directly to radical Islam as the culprit in what goes down in American history as the nation's worst U.S. mass shooting.
Fifty are dead and dozens more were injured on Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando. I've heard reports of people in the club on their knees crying out to God for intervention and many lives were spared, but many met their Maker that night.
Like Franklin Graham, I appreciate Obama speaking to the nation in the wake of the Orlando massacre. He was abundantly clear that the it was an act of terror and hate and declared that we would not give in to fear or turn against each other.
But Obama stopped short of pointing to radical Islam even though radical Islam is glorying in the bloodshed and taking credit. Why didn't Obama lay blame where blame is due? That's what many want to know as yet another Islamic terrorist murders Americans on our own soil.
"Mr. President, with all due respect, don't forget Fort Hood; don't forget the Boston Marathon; don't forget San Bernardino; and don't forget 9/11. What do they all have in common? They were all Islamic terrorists carrying out their treachery in the name of their religion," says Graham.
"Mr. President, your administration has cut our military to the bone and some experts say we're the weakest we have been in modern times. It's time we were rebuilding our military force worldwide to take on this enemy. It's time we tighten America's borders until we can clearly vet those we're letting into the country. Mr. President, how many more American lives have to be lost before you understand the threat radical Islam is to every freedom-loving person?"
That's the trillion-dollar question.
Let's continue to pray for the families of this horrific tragedy. Let's keep praying for Muslims everywhere to encounter Jesus. Let's keep praying for a Third Great Awakening. Let's keep praying. And let's stop saying this terror attack was the judgment of God on gay people. It's those kinds of statements that make Bible-believing Christians look as hateful as radical Islamists.
Jennifer LeClaire is senior leader of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, founder of the Ignite Network and founder of the Awakening Blaze prayer movement. She is author of over 25 books. Find her online at jenniferleclaire.org or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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