Friday, March 28, 2014
And as time has passed, it seems that many of us have not gotten past primitive religion....
There are exceptions, of course, going both ways -- some even more primitive, and some more Christ-like.
You may have heard about the recent death of Fred Phelps, the pastor of Westboro Baptist Church, a church known for picketing at the funerals of gay people and soldiers, a church infamous for its "god hates fags" website.
As the news came out, there was a whole range of reactions, from those who proposed picketing his funeral in a similar manner to what his church had done, to others who hoped that Fred would finally understand God's grace.
My heart was most touched by what his granddaughter Megan Phelps-Roper, who left WBC a few years ago, tweeted:
An eye for an eye does leave the whole world blind.
Hatred for enemies leaves the whole world broken, no matter how we try to disguise it with "I love them but I don't love their sin".
Megan understands that Jesus has his arms wide open to all of us. Love and grace and mercy abound for everyone.