God Hates Canada (A Westboro Baptist Press Release in late July)
I read that and thought: this is when Loving Your Enemies becomes the hardest thing in the world to do in my opinion. They insult a whole country (vicious generalizations), they hurl insults and hateful speech, they call names like schoolyard children, they mock the death of a young man in Canada (whom they are also going to picket his funeral), and are fueled by hate as far as I can tell (masquerading, only in language, as love).
My problem with this cast of crazies is they use religion and the name of God to hide their responsibility and hatred for each and every thing they get involved in. They make it seem like ‘this is God’s plan’ and that they have nothing to do with it…yet they are responsible for 100% of their own actions – and using God as a shield of some sort and shaming His name – well that’s all window dressing.
They have excuses for their behavior, no doubts. They figure they are ‘prophets’ (nice for the ego), love is not for everyone (justifies their hatred), God is judging whoever is against them (again, nice delusional ego boost), They don’t have to listen to anyone (since they are self perceived prophets), rejoice in being persecuted (even if for a non just cause and wrongful behavior), and basically like to grab any attention they can (people need attention- a common human trait they go overboard with).
It’s hard to say but the only thing that will change them is that what they are not used to – love. These people need some serious hugs and compassion thrown their way – someone to listen to them and to show them – people care about you. I am guessing they live off the hate they can muster up (a control tactic) and then feel renewed when they think they have done something ‘good’ by being disliked (their reward according to this scripture).
This is why ‘Loving Your Enemies’ is the key component here and the message of a God that desires peace, not hell on earth. It is the hardest thing to do in the situation – because even in me my heart is angry after reading their site. But hatred does not change hatred – love does.
I would like to request all people that read this – that may live near this band of mis-lead sheep whom God loves – to love them and not return hatred for hatred. Picket them with signs of love and compassion – like how they picket in hate. Never get angry with them – but stay on course until love can show its real power…a power they have forgotten and have grown cold to.
We cannot change a situation by being that same situation – you need to become the change you seek – this is the message of the gospel in a nutshell.