In search of something to blog about, my lovely man told me to look into Westboro Baptist Church. So, typing them into google, the first thing I see is this: http://www.godhatesfags.com/. I don't think I can begin to express how disgusted I was right then and there. Keep in mind, this is before I so much as looked at the site. Talk about a bad first impression.
My utter horror and disgust turned fairly quickly to a very deep sense of pity. While it is terrible the things they say and the things that they protest so insanely, I think the saddest part is that they truly believe they are doing the right thing. These people truly believe in a God who is full of more wrath than anything else. They truly believe that soldiers who are out defending our country deserve the death that may come to them, going so far as to protest their funerals. What kind of sick, demented people are these? On top of that, they truly believe that there is no reason to show love or tolerance to gay people. What these people are doing is NOT showing the love of God or spreading a gospel that will reach out to the hurting. As Christians, it seems that they are failing rather miserably.
In further exploration of their site, I found something that was way beyond appalling. There is a bar on the left side of the page that contains a number of little counts they have going. Among the most disgusting were "number of soldiers God has killed in Iraq and Afghanistan"and "people whom God has cast into Hell since you loaded this page." The disrespect and hate towards the people who are defending our country and following their orders both astounds and offends me. All of this is ridiculous.
It is my belief that God loves all of his creations, though he may not approve of their actions. Perhaps the Westboro people will be forgiven for their extreme misdirection, but I certainly hope that if they stand in the presence of God someday, that they will realize how wrong they were and have to own up to all of the damage and pain they caused a great number of people.
Excuse me while I go find some way to settle down. Ugh.