AUSTIN, TX – As Americans woke up Sunday to the news of mass murders at a gay nightclub in Orlando, they took to twitter to share their feelings. Presidential “wannabe’s” Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump did the same, but many thought Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s tweet was off-the-charts inappropriate, using this Bible verse, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”
Hatred comes in a lot of shapes and sizes but it’s a “gut punch” when it comes from someone who claims to be a Christian. Hey Lieutenant Dan, here’s a three Bible verses for you. One, “Judge not, lest you be judged.” Two, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” And three, an oldie, but a goodie, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
After four hours of social media backlash where Patrick was called “the face of evil”, “garbage”, and a lot of other things we can’t repeat, the tweet was pulled and replaced with a “kinder and gentler” tweet. (Psalm 37:39 “The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; He is their stronghold in time of trouble.”)
Later, in a Facebook post, Patrick explains that he has posted scripture every Sunday for the past several years, and Sunday’s post was “NOT” in reaction to the shooting. He adds that this verse was chosen on Thursday, days before the shooting.
Is he telling the truth? Only God knows.