Heath Ledger–Part II

One of my friends sent me a link to a foxnews.com article saying that the people of Westboro Baptist Church (in Kansas) were planning to picket Heath Ledger’s funeral. The people of Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) have become famous for their “God Hates Fags” vitriol. I have visited their site (which I DO NOT recommend) and let me say this: Any church website that has a “Picket Schedule” should be ashamed of themselves. According to the article the WBC crowd is upset because Heath Ledger played a homosexual in Brokeback Mountain.

There are many issues to address, but there are too many to address them all. First a few statements:

  • I do not condone homosexuality. It is a sin which, in the Old Testament, required the death penalty.
  • All of us are sinners. The people of WBC seem to have forgotten that.
  • Except for God’s intervening grace, we would all be destined for an eternity in hell.

Now, to address the WBC issues.

  • Since homosexuality is a sin and speeding on the interstate too is a sin, does WBC picket the funerals of those who died in car accidents?
  • The people of WBC claim their picketing is “Preaching the Gospel.” It sounds to me that their “God Hates Fags” rants are not the Gospel. The Good News of the Gospel is that, though we are all sinners justly deserving Hell, Christ offers us salvation.
    • Have the Bible-toting people of WBC conviently forgotten what 1 Corinthians 5: 9-13 (ESV) says: “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13 God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

    The above passage makes it quite clear that homosexuality in a church is a huge problem and the church must judge the person. However, notice Paul’s unwillingness to “judge outsiders.” Who is it that will render final judgment? It is God and Him alone.

    Now, through the Bible, God has revealed to us what He thinks about certain issues. Homosexuality is called an abomination. But this sin, and it is a sin, is no different than premarital heterosexual sex, adulterous sex, lying, cheating, stealing, etc. Sin is sin. Sure there are different levels of sin, but essentially all sin is the same in that sin separates us from God and makes us all deserving of God’s eternal judgment in Hell. And Christians too are sinners. Christians are just forgiven though the death of Christ on the cross.

    If you are a Christian and you are reading this post, this is what you need to understand:

    • God will judge all sin, not just Homosexuality
    • The sin of Homosexuality does not have a place in the Church
    • As Christians, we must demonstrate our love for homosexuals by telling them that their lifestyle is sinful. It would actually demonstrate something other than love if we were silent and left them ignorant in their sin.
    • We must “Speak the truth in love” and saying “God Hates Fags” is not speaking the truth in love.
    • Rather than picketing funerals of homosexuals and U.S. Service Men and Women (who, ironically, by there service allow WBC members to have free speech), true Christians are to go and share the Gospel with all types of people (including homosexuals). It does no good to picket funerals if you have not, first, shared the truth of the Gospel, in love.

    Now, if you are a non-Christian reading this post, please understand this:

    • WBC is not an accurate representation of what it is to be a Christian. Saying that they represent Christianity is like saying The Pope represents what it is to be a Muslim.
    • The WBC people are darkly and deadly wrong about the nature of the Church’s mission.  From reading the blog on their site it is obvious that they revel in so many things a true Christian would not revel in.  A true Christian would weep bitterly about the state of their nation, not lash-out with pseudo-bible-babble which discounts the notion of “Speaking the truth in love.”
    • While WBC is right that Homosexuality is a sin, according to scripture.  But they must understand that they are to clean and purify their own fellowship and leave the “judgment” to God. His judgment is far more severe than any picketing they might do.
    • While WBC does not represent Baptists or Christians, they do represent the worst of humanity and you should not lump true Christians in with their depraved lot.
    • Christians should demonstrate our love for homosexuals by telling them that their lifestyle is sinful. It would actually demonstrate something other than love if we were silent and left them ignorant in their sin.
    • We must “Speak the truth in love” and saying “God Hates Fags” is not speaking the truth in love.

    Now, I believe in the 1st amendment, in free speech. I believe they have the right to do what they wish. But true Christians also have the right (and I’d argue the responsibility) to tell the WBC crowd that they are a bunch of idiots, and so does anyone else for that matter. I seriously doubt whether the people of WBC have ever truly trusted in Christ for anything, and as such, they too must be confronted (in love) with the truth of the Gospel. To me, it seems that they hate homosexuals and have used the Bible (which does condemn Homosexuality) to bludgeon people, while conveniently forgetting that we, as Christians, are to be salt and light while sharing the good news of the Gospel that God offers us forgiveness from all our sins, not just Homosexuality.

    Well, that’s what I think….

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    2 responses to “Heath Ledger–Part II

    1. Couldn’t have put it better myself.

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