Two Pastors Respond to Westboro

August 8, 2012 at 11:24am

Two Pastors Respond to Westboro

 

On Saturday morning, a group of people who knew and loved Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Price will be gathering to honor and celebrate his short life. Every hero who loses his life for the sake of those they love and for the defense of their country deserves honor and recognition. We add our voices to the chorus of those who say of Daniel, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

 

As local pastors of Baptist churches we are deeply grieved to learn that Westboro “Baptist Church” is planning to protest the funeral of Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Price on Saturday morning.  We believe Westboro’s message mischaracterizes God, and tramples on the ultimate message of all time, the gospel of Jesus.  We believe the people of Westboro are acting in arrogance, clinging to a false hope and are in danger themselves since they do not seem to recognize the power of God’s grace and kindness that is given to people through the death and resurrection of Jesus.  With godly sorrow and righteous anger, we pray for them and warn them not to trample on God’s Word and Jesus’ sacrifice. 

 

Westboro’s so-called “Love Crusades” ignore the clear teachings of the Bible related to how Jesus’ followers are to respond to every human being who is created in God’s image.  Proverbs 16:21 says, “sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.”  Ecclesiastes 10:12 states, “The words of a wise man's mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him.”  Ephesians 4:29 and 32 affirms these thought as well when it reads, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

 

Because of all of this, we believe it is only right and helpful for many people from our own Baptist churches to stand up and be involved in the human shield.  We hope that this will be a blessing to the Price family.  We also pray for everyone else who is involved with the events of Saturday.  For those participating in the human shield, we pray that they would revel in the kindness of God and show his love to the world like a shining city on a hill.  And, most importantly, we pray for those who knew and loved Daniel most.  Our hope is that the God of all comfort would truly encourage and strengthen each and every one of them.

 

Pastor Paul L. Davis                   Pastor Timothy Durey

Calvary Baptist Church                   Ventura Baptist Church

517 West 32nd Street                  16420 Quincy St

Holland, MI 49423                        Holland, MI 49424