Moments ago I read that Fred Phelps and his “church” are planning to picket the funerals of those killed in last Saturday’s massacre in Tucson AZ. Included in these pickets is the funeral for Christina Greene, the little 9-year-old girl who was murdered.
I want to make something abundantly clear in this post. Fred Phelps and his followers and his church are anti-christ. Their actions, their pious ” holier than thou” arrogance is in no way representative of Christ or His Gospel of peace and grace. His protests and his words are another gospel, an evil, perverted, and “smells like the smoke of hell” gospel. He preaches hate, he is nothing more than a fancy mausoleum full of dead men’s bones. He is a pariah in the world of Christendom.
To the family of Christina and to the other families I want to express my deepest apology for the hurt and pain that may be added to the great and heart-wrenching sorrow you are already experiencing. I weep with you in your pain and I pray that Christ may give you incredible comfort and peace at this time.
To F. Phelps and company…may God have mercy on your blackened hearts and souls. You have and continue to cause great pain to grieving people. You do not exemplify the gospel, you destroy its message with your evil words. Turn to the mercy of Christ before it is too late for you all.
To the church…we need to become more loving, more gracious, more merciful, and more like the One who went to the cross for us. Pray for a new reformation of grace so that we can offer hope rather than judgement.