For several years the Westboro Baptist Church, based in Topeka, Kan., and known by many media outlets as “notoriously anti-gay,” has picketed everything from the funerals of soldiers to neighboring churches in an attempt “to wake America up to the doom upon them.”
One of their more recent outcries was an attempt in February to picket the memorial service for Charlie and Braden Powell who were killed by their father in Tacoma, Wash. The church attempted to picket the funeral to remind the governor, who had recently passed a bill that would legalize gay marriage in Washington, that the death of those boys was a result of God’s wrath towards gay marriage.
Thankfully this demonstration was cancelled for the sake of the family, but vile acts are still committed by this church and will continue thanks to the rights in the Constitution.
I do not regret the freedoms we have been given in this country. I would not be able to express my opinion in this paper if I did not have the right to do so, but some things are not right just because they are legal. This is true of the acts that this church has committed.
They claim to be a church following the will of God, but they seem to have forgotten to actually read the Bible and understand it.
A few weeks ago I wrote an article that gave my opinion on the beliefs that are held by Rick Santorum regarding gay marriage. My response was that his belief that gay marriage is wrong was justified based on his core Biblical values. I said this because the Bible is clear that homosexuality is wrong. In the article, though, I also said that Rick Santorum, or any claimed Christian for that matter, would be wrong to hate homosexuals. There is solid Biblical evidence for why it is wrong to hate someone because of the things they have done.
The problem with many Christians today is they pick out one sin committed and elevate it to such a level that all other sin looks unimportant. This church has done this. The Bible says that all sin is punishable by death before God. But rape, blasphemy against God, adultery, bestiality, murder, and incest are a few sins that God also says are wrong.
Advocating we punish sin like they did long ago is absurd. Those who read the Bible and come to this conclusion have not read the rest of the story. The rest of the story is Jesus. God cannot allow sin to go unpunished, and the only way for us to be righteous before God is to pay for that sin. Jesus chose to become that sacrifice that paid for our sins. That is why we don’t punish sin the way the Hebrews did because Jesus took the punishment that we deserve.
In Mark 12, Jesus summed up the entire law into two commands, “Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.” I find it hard to see a love for all people in a church whose website is titled “godhatesfags.com.” They have forgotten to separate the sin from the human being.
We should love all people; however, for a Christian, it is wrong to love the things that people do when it is clearly stated in the Bible as wrong. First Corinthians 6:9-11 states a list of sinful things that humans commit and clearly says they are wrong. One of those sins is homosexuality. It is wrong for a Christian to ignore sin, but it is also wrong to hate and attack someone because of sin.
Homosexuality is only one issue that Westboro has elevated. There are many other wrong things that people commit, myself included, which God calls sin. Why don’t they attack gluttony or lust; are those sins less sinful?
Westboro Baptist, in their attempt to follow God, has brought shame to Christianity by their hateful actions towards homosexuals.