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WBC is Not Welcome Here
A family in our area is suffering through the tragedy of losing a loved one who was in the military and the hateful Westboro Baptist Church is coming from Witicha to Harrisonville to rub salt in their wounds by protesting the funeral. I think everyone in the area can agree that these people are not welcome. Regardless of our opinions about gay rights, we can all recognize that this stunt is just mean. Here's what they had to say when announcing the protest on their website:
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Harrisonville, MO November 23, 2010 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
WBC will picket a respectful distance from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Whorehouse where they will take a break from raping the children long enough to worship the corpse of Cpl. Jacob R. Carver whom God blew up with an IED, dispatching his soul to hell forever. He is not a hero! He fought for the fags' rights to eat each other's feces and the whore's right to murder her unborn child. Our message is for the living, and we remind you Missouri brutes again that you have made God your #1 enemy by your refusal to obey. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. (Pr. 1:24-30.) It's too late for Doomed america and Doomed missouri! If there be any among you that has an ear to hear, come out from among them and be separate, and do not partake of their wickedness -- DO NOT WORSHIP THAT DEAD BODY! Fear God and keep His commandments -- that is the whole duty of man. (Ec. 12:13.) Amen!
As hateful and nonsensical as that is, it's still mild compared to this law, supposedly from the mouth of God:
If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads. Leviticus 20:13
Though the WBC only uses words, this verse
promotes commands actual physical violence and murder. It's good that so many of us can agree that the WBC is wrong and unwelcome. Will you also join me in condemning and rejecting the Bible verses that fuel their hate?
I am a Christ follower. I believe every word of it to be true and authoritative in my life. However, WBC perverts what the bible says. They completely miss the whole point of the scripture. I understand the frustration and anger against Christians because of them. It angers me more than anything when I see the sick things they are doing. I know that comments on blogs are the worst place to try to convince anyone of anything, but I just wanted to let you know that true Christians are just as angered as you are about what WBC is doing (I cannot believe that they are believers because they live and act so contrary to the bible).
The message of the bible is one of love, not hatred and condemnation. It tells us God’s redemptive plan through history. People were created, they fell, and were separated from God. God was not satisfied with his creation being separate from himself, and in his mercy, brought about a way for man to be back in a right relationship with him. He gave them the law (you’re old testament verse is part of it) to show them their wickedness, the law was never ment to bring them back to him, but to show them their separation from him. He created the sacrificial system to show people that their sins must be paid for, that they are deserving of punishment. Then he sent his Son down to earth to live a perfect life, being fully God and fully man, and died on the cross, taking upon himself God’s punishment for the sins of all mankind. And he rose from the grave 3 days later, and charged his disciples to tell others the good news, that God’s great plan had been fulfilled. Now, being a christian is accepting the sacrifice that Christ made and surrendering your life to his control. That is the true message of the bible.
Haha sorry I just attempted (and rather poorly at that) to summarize the entire bible, but it is my hope that your hatred of WBC will not be spread to all of Christianity. I apologize for the actions of those falsely bearing the name of Christ. We are not all judgmental, legalistic gay haters. My apologies for the length of this comment, I failed miserably in my attempt at brevity.
@Chris: I could not agree with you more. The God we serve is one of love and compassion. Not hate. WBC should not be justifying their hatred with Christianity. My hope is that non-believers realize that WBC does not represent Christ’s love.
I myself will be praying for WBC, and for understanding
Good post and good question. I afraid quite a number of fundamentalist Christians fundamentally concur with the WBC on principle but disagree on strategy and some of the details. The WBC are bad PR for fundamentalists with their strong language and deliberately provocative methods. And the WBC separate themselves from most fundamentalists by insisting that dead soldiers are divine retribution for America’s tolerance of homosexuality. But many of those same fundamentalists would be perfectly comfortable assenting to the no-less loathsome assertion that dead AIDS victims are that divine retribution instead.
And this is yet another excellent example of how religion causes pain and contention in the life of humans. Is only a matter of time before the shouting starts and someone casts the 1st stone.