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Monday, January 10, 2011

Sad Days In Arizona

Well I know it's hard to not know about the events that took place down south at a Tucson supermarket. The sensless shootings of a 9 years old girl, a congress woman, a judge, and many others. In all six people were killed and many others were wounded. All shot by one young man who has what appears to be mental illness of some kind.
Well I'm not going to place blame or try to say there is a solution to this kind of thing that can be found with ease. Freedoms come with problems. And I won't even attempt to talk about gun laws because there is no way to say that changing them would make any difference. I'll leave that debate to someone else as I'm sure people are already taking sides and using this event to push their agenda. What troubles me the most is a church that uses an event like this to push it's agenda and publicize it's extreem view. That church is called Westbro Baptist Church that has already made rediculous claims that this event is God's judgment. And that is saying it will protest at the funeral of the victims. Yep, it is the same bunch of religious extreemist that picket at soldiers funerals, and the same group that claims "God Hates Gays" along with a long line of God hates slogans they pump out.
Well God does not like certain behavior, and that is true. But God in the form of Jesus showed compasion for sinners and judged the prideful religious ones of His day. God in the form of Jesus stood in the way of the ones who wanted to stone the woman caught in the act of adultery. Jesus said in Luke 13:4 "Those eighteen on whom the tower in Silom fell and killed them, do you think they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?". What he is saying is that bad things happen to people and it has no bearing on their level of sin. Jesus In Matthew 7:24-27 talks of two people who built houses, one on the Rock that is the foundation of Jesus and one on sand (not on the foundation of Jesus). Jesus said that the rains came to both, and not just to the unbeliever. Storms and trouble in life will come to us all our ability to weather them is the only difference. Jesus specifically states in Matthew 7 to not judge others. In fact the only thing we are to judge is the fruit of those who claim to be prophets (followers of Jesus in this case). Jesus said in Matthew 7:15-20 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?". . . . . "Therefore by their fruits you will know them".
Well I would have to say that the fruit of the Westbro Baptist Church is questionable at best. The fruit of the spirit as stated in Galatians 5:22 is "Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, and faith". I see none of that in the actions of this group. Certainly saying that a 9 year olds death along with the death of believers as some of these were is God's judgment and choosing to use the funerals of these as a tool to make your point is not loving, joyfull, gentle, or good.
On that note let me say this. God is a God of love. God loves all people, for God so loved the world that he gave His Son. Not just part of the world. Suffering is alowed sometimes by God, but He can and does use it for good if we allow Him to. I pray that all the people who have been impacted by this great sad event can allow God into their circumstances so that He can transform what Satan wants to do for evil into something good. I pray that all the families of the victims can find comfort in Jesus and that they can in time find forgiveness toward the man that did this.
As for Westbro Baptist Church, I'll let God take care of that. Jesus said in Matthew 7:19 "Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."

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