Saturday, June 18, 2011

No Koolaid ... Yet


News item: Tomorrow the nutcases from Westboro Baptist Church are doing their picketing thing at a few of our local churches. If we can do so in a way that doesn't draw further media attention to their cause, a few of us are planning on attending, not to counterpicket or anything like that, but to show support for these churches and to pray against this attack of Satan against the cause of Christ.

In case you haven't heard (and if so you must never watch the news), these are the folks (a smallish extended family of lawyers and their friends, mostly) who've made their money by angering people so badly they get sued, then argue and win their cases on the basis of the First Amendment right which protects their stupidity. Their theological argument is that God hates everyone except a small group of elect (which they're in, of course), and that tragedies such as the deaths of our soldiers should be mocked as God's judgment on America, seemingly for its tolerance of homosexuality.

Basically they are a cult, just no koolaid yet. You have to be smoking or drinking something very bad for you to walk away from the Bible holding a view like that.

Anyway, I loved the response of Mark Driscoll, the local pastor whose church will be picketed tomorrow, as written in his blog and reported by CNN:

"This False Prophet and His Blind Lemmings Welcome You to Our Whore House for God's Grace and Free Donuts."

His strategy: Since God loves (even) them, let's be nice to them. I hate it when someone thinks with such biblical clarity.

So, I am planning on going, and saying hello, and not picketing, and trying to be nice. However, I did write up a little one-sheet flyer of my own, targeted to Christians, in case anyone is willing to read it. I will present it here, and you are welcomed to comment:

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