I read tonight that the Westboro Baptist Church intends to protest in Joplin, MO this Sunday. Their press releases spew hatred at the hard hit city…
Thank God for 125 dead in Joplin…. God is having His way in the whirwind! The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet, Nah 1:3. Too many dead bodies to bury! That’s God’s glory!
For years Missouri has maltreated God’s servants, trying every way humanly possible to silence the Westboro Baptist Church….. Missouri is a filthy rebellious place! God wiped out one-third of Joplin with His tornadoes! “Surreal” says your emergency manager. Praise God – we pray for more tornadoes and more dead!
GOD HATES MISSOURI!
There you have it… True hatred. And trust me, I edited out some of the truly horrible parts.
When God’s Name is used as a weapon and His Word is used as ammunition, terrible things happen. Evil men are exposed as such and innocent men are destroyed. The Church is slandered and the Kingdom is wounded.
It would be easy to become distracted, angered and disillusioned. History has been full of those who would mock and misuse the name of God. But, without exception, every single one of them have fallen out of favor and disappeared from memory while the Church has endured for two thousand years.
And the Church will continue long after the Westboro folks have faded. The Kingdom will thrive long after the Westboro church has collapsed on itself. And it’s because love, grace and forgiveness always trump hatred, protests and bigotry. ALWAYS.
I’m reminded of what David wrote in Psalm 138…
Though the LORD is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly, but he takes notice of the proud from afar. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me. The LORD will vindicate me; your love, LORD, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands.
So join me in saying, “GOD LOVES MISSOURI!” And take heart that God loves all His creation…including the people of Westboro Baptist Church.