When I think of the name Westboro Baptist Church several emotions come over me.
Anger. Sadness. Confusion. Hope.
I am angry that they are tarnishing the image of Christianity and the name of Christ by using the Bible as a defense of their hate towards people.
I am sad for every lost soul in that church – especially the impressionable children who are growing up among that hate.
I am confused how to really feel about them – where to even begin a conversation about them with someone.
But I have hope too. Hope that God will do something through that group of people – either directly or indirectly – to His glory. I have hope that they won’t always be this way.
With the news that two of founder Fred Phelp’s granddaughters, Megan Phelps-Roper and Grace Phelps-Roper (Grace, ironic name, right?) have left the church, there is talk that the church is on it’s downward decline. Those girls and their family have spent their entire lives preaching hate and hell in Jesus’ name. As ugly as it is, the Gospel says that’s not the end of the story.
Countless second chances we’ve been given at the cross..
I am grateful for the second chance I received at the cross. I am grateful for forgiveness over and over and over. I’m grateful for the transformation of my heart these past few months. To not offer these girls the opportunity to show the Holy Spirit working in their hearts is to deny the core of the Gospel message.
I simply pray that these two girls would truly repent and show the world that those who turn from their evil ways are offered, by God, a second chance at the cross. I pray that these girls would run to Jesus and not away (like their uncle Nathan Phelps). I pray that this would be a catalyst for redemption of that “church” and more souls would be rescued.
I especially pray for healing for the recipients of Westboro Baptist Churches disgusting and vile words.
Do not gloat when your enemy falls;
when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,
or the Lord will see and disapprove
and turn his wrath away from them. -Proverbs 24:17-18
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. -Matthew 7:3-5