On the other hand . . .
My friends Pete Wilson and William Guice both posted on a certain video today. It's from the fake Christians at Fred Phelps' "church," I believe. (You know, the "God Hates Fags" people.)
This post isn't really about the video, which I won't link to. You can obviously watch it at either Pete's or William's place. I naturally find it disturbing and disgusting. It not only reveals bad theology and hateful ideology, it is a painful picture of spiritual abuse in action. (Can it be anything else when you think about the children featured in that video?)
But I thought the reaction Pete and William are honorably recommending was worth evaluating. Both of these guys are asking what might happen if instead of getting angry we respond to these folks with love. Not judgment or condemnation, but kindness.
It's admirable. But I don't think love and anger are mutually exclusive. Neither do I think harsh rebukes, if biblically sanctioned, are unloving. "If you can't think of anything nice to say . . ." is not a Bible verse. And as I think of the children, and as I think of the cause of Christ being disrespected by these preachers of a false gospel, I think it is quite loving -- of Christ and His Church -- to say these people are vipers.
Christian love doesn't mean "being nice." Sometimes it does. But not when a false gospel is being preached and when hate is being spread in the name of God. "Being nice" to them will be throwing pearls before swine. That's my take anyway.
And it's neither unloving nor against the cause of Christ to verbally take up a whip and drive them from the temple.
Zeal for the house of God consumes me. This means I love God and my neighbor enough to pronounce woes on antichrists.