Erratic Thought #5
Who does God hate? I mean, I know that He cannot stand the sight of sin, but are there people that God actually hates?
No, I do not believe that there are. In fact, I am not even sure if He hates the devil (that is a different topic). Because of sin and a lack of repentance, God does deny certain people entrance to heaven and a relationship with Him. However, He does not hate. The most amazing thing about God is that His grace is truly greater than any sin we could ever commit. All we need to do is place our trust in what Jesus did for us and live our lives by the sacrifice He made. That is the amazing message of the gospel: that we do not have a God that condemns us, but one that loves us and offers a way to spend eternity with Him.
Have any of you heard of Westboro Baptist Church? They are a church located in Topeka, Kansas. They claim they are preaching the gospel to nonbelievers, the the way that Christ, Himself would have. You can visit their website at http://www.godhatesfags.com. From there you can find links to related websites, such as: God Hates the World, America is Doomed, Spare Not, and several others. This “church” actually consists of seventy members, fifty-eight of which are part of the same family. Their scripture that they use the most is Leviticus 20:23. It reads, “You must not live according to the customs of the nations I am going to drive out before you. Because they did all these things, I abhorred them.” WBC believes that every person of every nation is in some way a fag and will be going to hell. This does, of course, exclude members of their community, whom they believe to be God’s chosen people.
These people are horribly misguided. They paint an atrocious picture to nonbelievers of christianity and of what Jesus is all about. Their “religious” activities consist mainly of going to church and standing on street corners, picketing. The events the picket range from sunday service at another church, whom they consider condemned, to funerals honoring the deaths of American soldiers or boy scouts. These people consider the deaths of these American people blessings from God. An excerpt of the church’s press release reads, “WBC engages in daily peaceful sidewalk demonstrations opposing the homosexual lifestyle of soul-damning, nation-destroying filth. We display large, colorful signs containing Bible wordsand sentiments, including: GOD HATES FAGS, FAGS HATE GOD, AIDS CURES FAGS, THANK GOD FORAIDS, FAGS BURN IN HELL, GOD IS NOT MOCKED, FAGS ARE NATURE FREAKS, GOD GAVE FAGS UP, NO SPECIAL LAWS FOR FAGS, FAGS DOOM NATIONS, THANK GOD FOR DEAD SOLDIERS, FAG TROOPS, GOD BLEW UP THE TROOPS, GOD HATES AMERICA, AMERICA IS DOOMED, THE WORLD IS DOOMED, etc.”
Possibly the worst part of this is how they interpret the gospel. When asked how they would recommend reaching the lost for Christ, one of the church’s representatives said: “Well, by telling them the truth, of course. They need to know that God has condemned them to hell and there is nothing they can do about it.”
What these people are doing is misleading and truly horrible. It does, however, make me so much more grateful that the gospel is real and that God’s love is greater than any sin I could ever commit.