Monday, January 10, 2011

Reply to a so-called church in Westboro

Last night a friend pointed out some nastiness that is coming out of "hate group" that the Apologetics Index people say is "masquerading as a Christian church."  I'm not going to even mention what that so called "church" is saying through their leaders, but suffice it to say that is such a terrible thing when any church or Christian forgets the character of Jesus, who, as I read scripture, was extremely loving toward those we might think of as the worst people while condemning those who thought of themselves as so righteous.  It's a crying shame when any church forgets that.

Those who know the leaders of the so called "Westboro Baptist Church" should remind them of Jesus' immense love for all and call them to account for their hate filled words and deeds.  All of us need to be vigilant against any tendency toward such hate.  Jesus took the penalty for the sins of the whole world, and, we all need to echo Paul as he says "I am the worst, the foremost of sinners" (First Timothy 1:15).  Pointing at the sins of others is not what Jesus calls us to do (Luke 6:42). It's not other people standing in the need of prayer, it's me.  And, praise God, he comes to save me, not condemn me.  Jesus came to save the world--not to condemn it.  That's the great Lord we serve.

Let's pray that the Lord would intervene with power to shine His great love and light in that darkness.
Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. (First John 2:2).

God did not send his Son into the World to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (John 3:7).

1 comment:

  1. Scott "Mac" McKinneyJanuary 10, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Awesome, Steve. Thank you. More people need to get this message. Happy New Year to you and yours.