I have been overcome with the stories of those serving West in the aftermath of tragedy. The gracious behavior and the servant's hearts are on full display. People in the media are all abuzz about the Southern hospitality they are encountering. It is shocking them. I think Christ is being represented in the Bible belt right now. His people are stepping up.
There is another group in the Bible belt right now. The ungracious. The hate-filled attackers. Honestly, I saw a picture of one of them on social media and I felt like I was staring a demon in the face. The folks are from Westboro. These are the people who picket funerals because they see this disaster or the death of a soldier as God's judgement. They own a website called godhatesfags. No, really. I keep seeing the campaigns to refuse them service. Now, I am all for shielding those who mourn. I am just wondering what kind of reception Westboro is getting in the Bible belt.
Oh, Jesus, remove the scales from their eyes. Move on their hearts. Where there is hatred, sew love. Whatever happened to them in order for them to see you like this, I ask that You would redeem it. May they find grace, repentance, and soul resurrection in the Bible belt right now. May You be glorified in this unique opportunity for Central Texas' Christians to love their enemies and bless those that curse them. Shine Your light, Abba. May we not respond with wickedness. Let us love our enemy with the grace that we show the wounded. Amen.
People are being set free from among them. See this article.
Matthew 5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must beperfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.