It is always hard to keep a your faith strong when disaster hits. The last couple of days have brought about some sad stories. The news has been chockful of them: murders, the death toll of soldiers in war, the devastation of the earthquake & tsunami in Japan. It was especially hard to hear about something closer to home: the fire one family suffered that resulted in the deaths of 7 of their 8 children. If you haven't read the story, click here.
I could not imagine losing either of my children, God forbid both of them at the same time. The pain and guilt this family must be suffering to lose most of their immediate family, that is just beyond comprehension. What makes it worse is the proposed actions by the Westboro Baptist Church. They plan on picketing and disrupting the family's funeral.
The WBC write hateful things in their press release in the name of God. I am not claiming to be the best Christian ever, but no matter what someone does that you don't agree with, you should not take away their right to grieve and bury their loved ones in peace.
What returns my faith in people is the circle of love proposed to shield the family from a hateful protest. Neighbors, friends, and strangers are pooling in to help this family. Bake sales, chicken BBQs, funds in banks set up and even people coming in to do farm chores. A new home is being built and many are volunteering their time.
The way humanity comes together to help each other is the reason my husband and I decided to raise our children in central Pennsylvania. While I appreciate the rights people have to say what they please, there is such a thing as tact, and I sure hope the WBC really sees what they are doing and changes tactics. Prayer is a good place to start. Reading the Bible, too.
Matthew 7:12 Do for others what you want them to do for you: this is the meaning of the Law of Moses and of the teachings of the prophets.
Luke 6: 31 Do for others just what you want them to do for you.
Leviticus 19:18 Do not take revenge on others or continue to hate them, but love your neighbors as you love yourself. I am the LORD.
So tell me WBC, what happened to the Golden Rule?