Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Repent or Perish

I have just read a disturbing article about how Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas has expressed its excitement about particular events such as the hurricanes, and 9/11. The church also has deemed that the cure for homosexuality is AIDS. Question: Why would anyone say something SO STUPID!?

Since this issue is regarding the Church, I'll take the biblical approach. Self-righteous Christians (or Christians who believe that because of our beliefs we are superior) have completely forgotten that we are only right with God because of the sacrifice of Jesus. Does that mean that we should compromise our beliefs? NO! But it does mean that we should approach every issue with compassion and love.

Whenever God judged a nation in the Hebrew Bible, he always longed for their return to him. In fact, mercy triumphs over judgment 100% of the time. That said, organizations like the ACLU and others who are anti-Christian are this way because such churches have given Jesus the wrong name. Christ makes a name for himself, and we as Christians have the privelege of representing him.

It's sad to see that the church has lost it's vision. We have resulted to hatred and name-calling because we have not been taught how to love and embrace. I make no excuses for the lifestyles of people who are sexually immoral, homosexuals, liars, uncontrollable, slanderers, gossips, etc. Yet, I do say that our solution is to serve our community and let Jesus change the lives of those whom we come in contact with. Let's not be foolish. Remember we were not born Christians; that's why we had to be born again.


At 9:06 PM, Blogger Goat said...

Excellent post William, though it is nothing new as you know living in the South. I grew up with "fire and brimstone. Christ tought Salvation in the Lord without the threat of Hellfire and went among the sinners to do so.

At 8:57 AM, Blogger Cabe said...

It amazes me that after times of "natural disasters," or "horrific events," nobody stops and thinks that it may be God intended or allowed, like another sodom and gomorrah but not as severe.

Instead they cast blame where blame does not belong. I'm not saying every disaster is God intended, but sometimes it's hard to dismiss the possibility that some have been. San Francisco is overdue!


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