Ambassadors or Assassins?

Westboro Baptist Church

Protestors from the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas

Luke 6:37 (NKJV) “37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

(MSG) “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults–unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier.”

What an interesting week in the news this week as radical church group Westboro Baptist Church from Kansas won a case in the U.S. Supreme Court that allows them to picket homosexuality at fallen U.S. Marine soldiers funerals. The radical church group has signs that say things such as “God Hates Fags”, “God Hates America” and “Pray for more dead soldiers”. Their protest is radical and hate filled as they try to communicate that God is punishing America for the homosexuality actions of some of our US military.

You can read more on this at the CNN link below:
http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/03/03/us.westboro.father/index.html

Now as I do not endorse homosexuality in any capacity as it is biblically a sin and displeases God, it is no different than any other sin. God shows no partiality with people or with sin. The fact that the Westboro Baptist church protestors are so hate filled in their approach it makes them become a complete opposite example of how we should be acting as Christians and how the church should respond to any type of sin. Jesus ate dinner with tax collectors and “sinners”, not judging them to Hell but teaching and loving them to the truth of grace and freedom in Him. We will never win the lost of the world by judging them, only by loving them.

The acts of these protesters are disgusting and appalling and would make any American disgusted with the Christian church as a whole. Radical groups such as Westboro Baptist are a terrible example of the church and actually hurt more than help. I think we as Christians can learn from their actions!

As we encounter people that are in sin let us remember what Romans 3:23 says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God“. The minute any person forgets this and begins to judge they are acting out of self righteousness and not the love of God.

How can you love someone you know that is bound in sin? Try it today!

Let me know a testimony of this – write your comments on this blog…it will bless many!!

In Christ Jesus,

Pastor Aaron

– Posted by Pastor Aaron Bagwell using BlogPress from the iPad – http://www.aaronbagwell.org

2 thoughts on “Ambassadors or Assassins?

  1. Prime example why the body of Christ is so divided. There is a infectionous virus amongst Christians. These people need or prayer, a prayer that they suddenly stop and are ashamed of their wrong doings, seek the Lord and if at all possible make right their wrongs. These types of people are the ones making it so hard for our Pastors & men of God around the world to preach and convert those who are lost and dont know what the Gospel is really about & the true statues a Christian is to live by. This is an oppurtunity for us as true Christians, followers of Jesus Christ to flex our muscle and demonstrate. Demonstrate Gods love and mercy. Yup, even people such as these protesters we have got to love, even if we dont like or agree with their selfish acts. I know what the Lord hates, I wonder if these guys are missing a few pages from their bibles?Proverbs 6:16-19

  2. when people have lost a loved one they need to be shown love not hate, they are hurting and seeing a protester standing on the funeral does not make things any better.We should hate sin but love the people, while we were yet sinners christ died for us.

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