Thursday, November 1, 2007

Don't say it!

Please don’t say it…

I can’t believe what I just read. I was doing my daily routine of catching up on local and world news and came across the article about a man winning a lawsuit against a church for 10.9 million. The money is not what I can’t believe; it is the article and the evil within it I read.

Check the story out for your self:,2933,307058,00.html

I’ll be honest part of me wants to put my hand through my computer screen right now out of frustration and the other part of me wants to go hide under a rock somewhere and cry, then there is another part that wants to go visit these people and smack some sense into them. So here’s a brief synopsis of what happened. A man’s son died in combat in Iraq. At this boys funeral this “church” (I put it in quotation marks with good reason) protest the war and homosexuality. They have posters that say God hates America and that God hates fags. As I’m typing this I’m shaking my head.

Here are some highlight’s of the article that left me scratching my head:
§ The father of a fallen Marine was awarded nearly $11 million Wednesday in damages by a jury that found leaders of a fundamentalist church had invaded the family's privacy and inflicted emotional distress when they picketed the Marine's funeral.

§ Church members routinely picket funerals of military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, carrying signs such as "Thank God for dead soldiers" and "God hates fags."

§ In his closing arguments during the punitive damages phase, plaintiff attorney Craig Trebilcock described church members as bullies who "seek out those among us who are at the weakest point in our lives."

Church founder Fred Phelps held a sign reading "God is your enemy," while his daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper stood on an American flag while carrying a sign that read "God hates fag enablers." Members of the group sang "God Hates America,"' to the tune of "God Bless America."

What the heck? This sounds more like a cult than anything! Jesus did not come to condemn, but to save it, He said this Himself (John 3:17). God doesn’t hate homosexuals! God so loved the world he gave His one and only Son (John 3:16). The word “world” is cosmos in Greek, cosmos means the entire universe. Jesus loves everyone and wants all to have the broken relationship between man and God reconnected. So when these church people start talking, I’m just thinking, “Please don’t say it, please don’t,” then boom, they drop that they are Christians and now the entire world thinks a cult of 75 crazy people follow Jesus. In no way are they following Christ, because Jesus would be there weeping with the family over the loss of a child not condemning others. Stories like this make me sad, cults like these seem to get all the coverage on CNN and make following Christ seem horrible. All we can do is pray that the world will soon know who the real Jesus is and pray that these people who say they are Christians would read their bible and come to know the true God and correct their wrong doing and get off CNN.

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