There is little that makes me angrier than to see people standing on the Bible and yelling when they should be reading it. I’m a non-denominational Church of Christ Christian and people who claim to have a direct line to God while carrying signs talking of hate – when a Christian’s number one commandment is to love – sickens me.
I may disagree with someone’s choices and do not have to accept or practice any of them, but that disparity in choice doesn’t give anyone the divine right to cast such judgement on another person. We are commanded to love unconditionally. I’ve read the Bible. Thoroughly. Lately I’ve dived back into the Gospels and have been studying Christ’s message of love. I highly suggest that these Purveyors of Scripture Perversion that is Westboro “Baptist” Church do the same – that is, if they can humble themselves long enough to step off the Bible, crack it open, and read it.
I’m considering showing up just to show kids that not everyone who claims to be Christian demonstrates the faith and that even the devil can quote Scripture.
15Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.
—1 Timothy 1:15-16
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.
— Luke 7:39
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
— Romans 5:8
Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven–for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.
— Luke 7:47
One of my favorite spirituals by A Capella, a fantastic group. This song is so apropos. Only form of it I could find online; the music and the message is clear. Take note, Scripture Perverts:
There will come a day when we’ll all stand before the throne.
On that day some will say:
“Did we not prophesy in Your name?”
And they’ll say:
“We drove out demons in Your name.”
I know some will say:
“We performed many miracles in Your name.”
Some will say:
“So many works we’ve done in Your name!”
Then the Lord will say:
“Depart from me you workers of iniquity. I never knew you.”
That’s why I know everybody talkin’ ’bout heaven ain’t goin’ there.
Oh my Lord.
(Thanks to Jim for the tip.)