Friday, 21 June 2013

Thought for the Day: Loathe one another!

For such a small bunch - the folk of Westboro Baptist church come in for a great deal of attention if the conversations I have are anything to go by. It seems this small and rather sad bunch of people are engaged in taking the message of god to the world and the sad thing is that the message, and the god they have, is of their own making and the fruit of their hatred and vitriolic proclamations is the very fate that they pour upon others.

The Bible tells us (Matt 7) that as we judge we too will be judged - using the same measure and means! Not only that but the Bible adds, for very good measure, this commandment (John 13):
'Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. 
This is how everyone will recognise that you are my disciples -
when they see the love you have for each other.'

Obviously this isn't what we see when we look at Westboro and it soon becomes very clear that whoever they are following - it sure ain't Jesus, for (returning to Matthew 7) because (as it so clearly states: 'by their fruits will you know them!'

You don't get apples from a thorn bush - you don't get hate and vile proclamations from Christians!

So whether you have a faith or not
love one another, be kind and take care that you don't sow the wrong seeds in your life.

Happy Friday


DrJ said...

"you don't get hate and vile proclamations from Christians!"

Don't you? In saying that, are you not making a judgement yourself about Fred Phelps and co?

I prefer to attack them on their faulty theology - when they hold up a plackard saying: "God Hates Fags" they are wrong, because God loves everyone. He even loves Fred Phelps and his congregation, which is something I very much struggle to do!

Ben said...

There are 6 things that the Lord hates,7 that are an abomination to him:
haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that make haste to run to evil,
false witnesses who breathes out lies,
and those who sow discord among brothers.

Proverbs 6

What the Vicar says is right because they will be judged as they judge. I don't think he has done anything but make a statement of truth.

Soup D said...

Like Ben, I don't see anything in this post that condemns Phelps and co. but simply points out their error - that which denies their claim to follow Christ. I think you are being a bit harsh DrJ. Vic ends his post by exhorting everyone (even those without faith) to love.

We do need to be clear where wrong is being done.

Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—
the Lord detests them both. Proverbs 17:15