Posted by: pastordarren | March 3, 2011


The ruling yesterday that the Westboro Baptist Church’s protests are covered under freedom of speech is a ruling that has caused a lot of reaction, just as their protests have over the years. I firmly believe that what they are doing and saying is wrong, hurtful and not representative of God and the Church. Let me say it another way, I believe that God weeps at the deaths in war and grieves with the families and is further saddened at these actions done ‘in His name’.  The families are further hurt, the church as a whole is hurt and our country is hurt but what they are doing.

This and some other situations have strengthened my understanding that most times we do not give any thought to the results of what we do and say, or if we do, we intentionally try to hurt someone.

Jesus tells us in scripture that there are but two things we need to do – love God and love our neighbor, who He defines as anyone with a need. Whether you are one who does follow Jesus or not, this is a command or good advice.

Can you imagine the difference it would make if we were to love those around us in word and action? How would our marriages, families, schools, work places, roads, churches be different if we considered our words and actions and made sure they were loving before we turned them loose?

I don’t believe that Westboro Baptist Church’s actions and words are loving, but in the same breath, many times our daily actions are not either, they don’t get national attention.

May our words and actions be loving and uplifting today.


  1. As I read this I am again reminded of a prayer journaled this morning as I pondered over the great love of God and what how he calls us to behave as His children. It went something like this:
    “Teach us Lord to love like you love. Remove all bitterness, anger, resentment and unforgiveness carried deep within our hearts and allow those places to be healed and filled with Your love which is your essence. May we choose to participate actively with your Holy Spirit each day as you are remaking us over into the people you intended. May you, Lord Jesus, and your great love for all people be the sole motivating factor in our lives. Even when we don’t understand, remind us of your great power and that you truly are the God who can and does change the impossible. Now where do we start Lord? Where do we begin in this partnership with you in loving others which is our calling and purpose? Change our hearts as you mold us and make us into the image of your precious son, Jesus – our Lord and Savior. In His name. Amen.” — Be blessed!

    • Thank you Kathy for a beautiful prayer. May we truly learn to love more each day.

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