Friday, February 10, 2012

Westboro vs. Jesus

Westboro "Baptist Church". We've all heard that name, whether it be for their anti gay protests, their celebrations of soldier's deaths, or their latest plan at a funeral of young boys killed by their father. The clearest thing about their message is hate. Hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate with a side of loathing. The only thing good about them is how they unite so many other groups. From biker groups who rally to defend soldier's funerals, to Christian groups, and even now Occupy Seattle. Occupy Seattle plans to "protect it (the boys' funeral) from Westboro's abhorrent message". Yes, leave it to Westboro to make a full Occupy group the good guys.

With their message of hate, they show the truest form of hypocrisy. They twist Bible verses to fit the meanings they wish upon them. But to them I have but one clear and simple message. Matthew 22:36-39 "Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."

Jesus, and through Him God the Father, made it very clear how we were to treat others, with love. Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, with a side of caring. Jesus showed this throughout His life. He took care of those in need with His own time and energy, He visited the sick, He hung out with the tax collectors, He showed mercy to prostitutes. In short He loved and cared for everyone (note: not demanding that the government do it for Him). The only times we see that Jesus became angry or lashed out were times such as the temple being used as a market place. Righteous indignation, has it's place, it is not meant to be an every day thing that consumes our life.

Who's side do you think He would've really been on Westboro's message of hate or His own of love for all? Westboro wold've protested Jesus for healing. They would've seen those He helped as deserving of their illness and troubles. Westboro would've been on the same message then, that God hates everyone, and is punishing you for what is happening in the world around you. Not the message of Jesus, one of which God cares for you no matter your past or circumstances.