Friday, May 12, 2006

Debunking the Westboro Hate Group

If anyone is not familiar with the Westboro Baptist Church, here is a link to their site, which I place for information purposes only. They claim to offer the Gospel. In reality, the offer the veneer of Christ packed with nothing but good old-fashioned evil and hate. They have made a point recently of attending funerals for U.S. servicemen and women who have died in the line of duty, claiming that 9/11 and other international problems we now experience are the result of homosexuality in America. Their displays are repugnant--signs that declare that "God Hates America", "Thank God for 9/11", "God Loves Dead Soldiers" (presumably emphasizing the "dead"part), "Thank God for IEDs" and others. Enjoy their photo montage.

The U.S. House of Representatives just passed a bill limiting their putrid displays at federal cemetaries by blocking their access to the sites. Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) is likewise about to sign a bill that would have the same effect in her state. It's probably the best thing that can be done without creating a huge ACLU 1st Amendment controversy.

But their protests have sparked others to do acts of true love. A group of bikers called the Patriot Guard Riders who get between the Westboros and the grieving families at the gravesite to block the hateful displays, often with large American flags are making their mark of silent and respectful love. So in response to evil, love and goodness can abound.

But as a Christian, there is a particular offense I take to the use of my God's name to advance a hateful agenda. So let's get one thing straight. God loves gays. He's not thrilled at all with their lifestyle and practices. But like a parent who loves a child whose choices are not the ones they would make, so God loves gays.

And the salvation of Christ is open to gays. It's open to anyone on earth who will ask, regardless of how innocent or guilty they think they are, and regardless of how seemingly repugnant or venial their sins may appear.

And I direct the Westboro folks and all who sympathize with them to John 8:1-11. And once done with that, feel free to check Psalm 59:12.

Homosexuality is not a good thing. I fervently disagree with it, and I believe God does also. But God does not hate homosexuals. The blood of Christ was freely spilled for them as well. But what are we to say of the pride-filled and haughty? Those whose own righteousness--apart from Christ--is their delight? I turn you to Christ's admonitions to your predecessors who opposed him in his day.

There is more hope for the penitent gay than for them.

And for any who disagree, I invite you to post here, but I will delete all disparaging posts whose authors do not have the guts to leave return contact information.

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