Alright. I know we haven’t posted in a while, but please understand it is about to be finals week for both of us. As soon as summer comes, we’re planning on a joint post, and i think we both have other posts plan for you.
Now, to address the subject matter at hand: Westboro Baptist Church.
“But, Paige! Why would you write about such a terrible thing?!”
Well, dear reader, because they claim to be a church. They claim to be servants of the Lord.
And i think i just might know more about Jesus than they do.
See I was watching a documentary on Westboro Baptist Church. It’s on Netflix, and it’s called Fall From Grace. Here’s the link: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Fall_from_Grace/70080238?trkid=7120105
Watching this movie got me wondering… What would these people, and the children, say when faced with facts from the Bible that negate their teachings?
What would they do, say, if i brought up Matthew 22:36-40? If i asked them, “Do you know what Jesus said the most important commandment was?” Would they know the answer? What would they do if faced with the fact that to obey Jesus, to obey GOD, they must LOVE their homosexual neighbors instead of hate them? Would they spit in my face? Call me a liar? Or would they break out their Bibles and go, ‘Huh. Grandpa Phelps never taught us that verse…”
What about the part in the Bible where it says Jesus was supposed to die? That he had to die for prophesy to be fulfilled and to give salvation to all? Verses to look at would be Matthew 20:28, Luke 24:26-27, 46, Acts 4:28… When confronted with these things, when confronted with passages where Jesus tells his own DISCIPLES that he must go suffer things and die, will they still spew hate about Jews, saying we killed Jesus and have not repented, and are therefore doomed? Or will they accept that this must have happened, that it had to have happened for many to be saved, that Jesus was sent to Earth to die; It was always God’s plan that His one and only son should die for the sake of others.
I guess i just don’t understand this place. They call it a church… The only people in the church are family members. Fine, whatever. They claim to be Baptist. I have known several Baptist preachers that preach a lot of hate and hell and damnation. Whatever. But to preach it for a whole country? For the entire world? This is new and unheard of. To have children, younger than 8 years old even, saying words like “fags”, “bastards”, and “b-words”, is ridiculous and i can’t see how that is being a good, Christian parent. In the Old Testament, we are told not to say bad things about people. In Judaism, we say do not gossip about them, do not lie about them. As Chosen People we are told to keep ourselves as Princes and Princesses… These go hand-in-hand. Should a Prince or Princess say bad things about people or call them names? No. But apparently this teaching, this logic, is not taught in this so-called “church”…
They keep such rules as not cutting ones’ hair, but they ignore loving of neighbors. They have women cover their hair in church and submit to their husbands, but allow them to wear pants and short skirts and other things that many fundamentalist groups would consider either “whore clothing” or “men’s clothing”.
They even say Obama is the Anti-Christ due to some convoluted math equating his name to 666, or the number of the beast. Their website says he’s Muslim (he is, in fact, Christian).
Well, if Obama is the Anti-Christ…
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.
6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
If Obama is the Anti-Christ, then, Westboro Baptist Church is the Whore of Babylon, that woman who is the false prophet who kills so many and condemns others in the eyes of the Lord. (Isn’t it funny how grammar makes the Church a female?..)
See how quickly this can escalate?..