(RNS) In the aftermath of the shooting at an Orlando, Fla., gay club, diverse leaders in the city have reached out to the LGBT community. One surprising photo emerged: evangelical megachurch pastor Joel Hunter shaking hands with Equality Florida's Carlos Smith. It was a simple gesture, captured by a local newspaper reporter, but one with deep symbolic meaning.
I, along with so many others, am deeply saddened by the mass killings this morning at an Orlando nightclub. There is no place for hate and violence among us. Whether we are speaking as Christians or citizens of the United States, our founding documents are clear:
“You shall not murder” is the sixth Commandment.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” are the words in The Declaration of Independence.
We stand in profound sympathy with the family and friends of the victims. We also pray for those who knew and are horrified by the actions of the perpetrator.
May God give comfort to the hurting and change the hearts of those who would harm others.
Dr. Joel C. Hunter, Senior Pastor
Northland, A Church Distributed
ACCESSWIRE] ORLANDO, FL / ACCESSWIRE / April 1, 2016 / On Monday, March 14, 2016 the film "Don't Look Away" made its theatrical debut at the Enzian Theater in Maitland, FL. The film which focuses on the growing epidemic of human trafficking brought together community and business leaders of Central Florida for a private "invitation only" event to support a worthy cause.
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Pastor Joel Hunter's Northland, A Church Distributed Featured in Newsmax's Top 50 Megachurches in America
The average megachurch in America has the production sensibilities of a Grammy award-winning performer, the thoughtfulness of a famous professor or lecturer, the business-savvy of a multinational Fortune 500 company, the philanthropic effect of a global NGO, and the supernatural spirit that pops right off the text of the Bible's Book of Acts.
"But the one who peers into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres, and is not a hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, such a one shall be blessed in what he does"(James 1:25). Pope Francis said about freedom, "Jesus wants us free, and this freedom - where is it found?
Among those who confirmed their attendance at the White House reception are the Rev. Joel Hunter, an evangelical megachurch pastor from Florida who is a confidant of Obama on spiritual matters.