Thursday, March 20, 2014
In Memoriam: Fred Phelps
The founder of the Westboro Baptist Church died yesterday. He did so excommunicated from his own church, hated by a very large proportion of the American people, and facing eternity with the burden of his vitriolic, hate-filled, warped, twisted theology on his conscience.
I don't envy him his interview before the Throne of Grace.
Nevertheless, I'll pray for mercy for him, because as St. Paul assures us, "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" - myself no less than anyone else. I'll condemn Mr. Phelps' lamentable actions and fatally misguided views, but not his soul. He's now facing the Judgment all of us must face one day, sooner or later. May he find the same Mercy we hope to obtain, and may his sins be forgiven him.
And may his followers come to understand the error of his ways, and embrace the path of Christ, before it's too late for them.