Marketing “Christian” Hate

Eric Fingerhut on 15 May 2009 wrote in the Baltimore Jewish Times that the Westboro Baptist “Militant Anti-Gay Church Turns Its Sights On Jews”. Eric wrote:

After years of focusing on gays and lesbians with its protests, the Westboro Baptist Church has a new target—the Jewish community.

The Topeka, Kan.-based church, which features the slogan “God Hates Fags,” protested at three Jewish sites here. The protests are part of a series of upcoming rallies that will bring members of the church to Jewish community institutions in Omaha, St. Louis, South Florida and Providence in the next few weeks, according to the church’s Web site and fliers the group is distributing that list scheduled protests and proclaim “Jews Killed the Lord Jesus.”

…While picketing outside the Washington office of the Anti-Defamation League, Phelps’ daughter Margie said that the group is now focusing on the Jewish community because church members have been “testifying” to gentiles for 19 years that “America is doomed” and they haven’t gotten the message.

“Now it’s too late,” she said. “We’re done with them.”

Margie Phelps added, “one of the loudest voices” in favor of homosexuality and abortion is “the Jews, especially the rabbis.”

About a year or two ago, Way of the Master Radio talking head Todd Friel interviewed Shirley Phelps, daughter of the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church. I spent 11 years in the Army, so you would think there is very little that would make me sick to my stomach except for vomit itself. Frankly, the hatred that the woman spewed out was like vomit. Lots of vomit.

Remember the flap when Australian Danny Nalliah of Catch the Fire Ministries stated that the Australian brush fires were due to the legalization of abortion? That was a lot more benign, and Nalliah wasn’t running around saying God hated them. While Nalliah doesn’t seem to have much proof for what he says, it is true that God sends judgments upon nations for their national sins.

Groups like the Westboro Baptist Church are going to push people even farther away from Christianity. They will make the passing of “hate crime” laws that much easier. It will turn people from truly examining themselves and repenting of their sins.

Contrast their attitude and example with that of Jonah. Even with a bad attitude, Jonah didn’t preach that God hated Nineveh. No, he rather preached the righteous punishment for their sins.

Each of us has the potential to be a child in God’s family. A parent doesn’t hate a child. A parent will punish a child, but it will be to bring about the desired end. Not only does Westboro miss this, but so does Todd Friel and most who call themselves “Christian”. God will bring about the desired ending in his time and in his order. Everyone will have a chance at the second resurrection. Only those who knew the truth in this life and rejected it will not. Most are not saved at this time, nor is God trying to. However, He will plant seeds here and there so the vast majority will choose His way of life when they see how much better it is than this world.

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