Hate. We’ve heard this before. For all the talk that Christians make concerning holiness and self help, it appears that even after 2000 years the church still hasn’t come to terms with this most perplexing problem. To this day, because the majority of Christians do not properly distinguish law and gospel, people are calling all the time at each other blindly to repent of this or that or there can be no unity… But with the Gospel, there is unity in Faith, in Baptism, in one Lord… How do we know this is too often driven by hate?
I present for your consideration, Westboro Baptist Church. Fred Phelps and his little congregation sound just like a lot of churches and church leaders. But ever since someone set of an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) outside his church, Fred Phelps has made it his single obsession to let the world know that his god would not let this aggregious act go unpunished. In fact, if you didn’t already know, they don’t randomly pick which funerals they want to picket, no. They always picket the funerals of soldiers who died from being killed by and IED. Now, I want you to imagine for a second. For all his theological bloviating, Fred Phelps’ problem winds up being tit for tat. You tried to blow up my church, my god will blow you up.
Really? Is that what the Christian message is? You attack him, God will attack you back?