Omar Mateen. There. I put his name online. My friend Steve is putting together a memorial tribute for all of the victims of the Orlando shooting on Sunday. He is going to play his song, "Xulhaz Mannan" which was originally written in response to the senseless beheadings happening in Bangladesh to LGBT individuals. And while that song is being played, Steve is going to read the names of all 49 victims. Great. I told Steve I think that's a wonderful idea, a touching tribute. Then he turned to me.
"Being good Christians, we should also say the gunman's name."
I immediately had a nauseus feeling in my stomach. Partially because I hate the word, "gunman" but mostly because I knew he was right. As good Christians, we should pray for all of the souls lost that day, regardless of the amount of hate in their hearts. I know this. It doesn't mean I like it. I know I haven't reached Steve's level of maturity. Who has?
Thoughts? Do we pray equally for the guilty gunman as well as his innocent victims? Do you have a hard time with this idea, too? Being an adult is hard. More on this later.