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11 November 2010

Love the Irony, Dislike the Attitude

The words of Clint McCance, an Arkansas school official, have created a firestorm and reached many news outlets. If you’re not familiar with the story, you can click here. His words were spoken in October, but the manner in which they were spoken has created much controversy.

This morning, I turned on my local news and saw a protest happening from a “Christian” group. The group is from the Westboro Baptist Church and it sickened me. Images like the one below were being flashed on the screen and my heart became very heavy. I guess I don't get it. Why, in an attempt to communicate truth (or our version of it), politically, philosophically, scripturally, or otherwise, do we feel the correct approach is with harshness and complete disrespect for an individual, no matter how much we disagree? I think I’m just fed up. Pushing agendas, no matter how much they are believed in, with a biting tone, quickly gets turned off and tuned out.
While watching my local news, I was reminded of a passage I read in Matthew, chapter 9 and it adds irony to the protesting. This group, in hopes of alienating people, actually positions Jesus to move toward them. Jesus is moved by crowds who are harassed and helpless.

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36)

And, although I loved the irony of their seemingly futile protest, I disliked the attitude and persona they created for Christ-ians (people who resemble Christ). I challenge you to discover Jesus, not Christians.