“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” Matthew 5:44
Fred Phelps, the founder of Westboro Baptist Church, died today. He is famous for his hatred for almost anyone and everyone. I am sure there will be many who will give back as good as they got. His signs will be there but held by those he once condemned: “Burn in Hell”, “God Hates Fred” “Bigots Are God Haters”. There will be many who will take pleasure in pointing out that the church he founded on intolerance became so narrow that they no longer tolerated him. They will chuckle at the excommunication of the excommunicator. However, I have a suggestion. How about we don’t become Fred now that he’s dead.
Already, the Twitter and Facebook universe is buzzing with tasteless jokes and hate filled venting. But if Fred Phelps was the example of everything God calls us not to be when he was alive why on earth would we follow his example now that he is gone? How about we recognize what his parting has blessed us with, a more peaceful place to discover what it truly means to be a follower of Christ.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – MLK