What really upset me, however, was Westboro Baptist Church. How do they relate? you ask. Well, they're planning on protesting at Cory's funeral because of his promotion of equality and anti-discrimination. This really makes me sick of my stomach. My faith is a large part of who I am and is a huge factor in what I believe on social issues. Now, whether or not the Bible really says that homosexuality is wrong, I do not believe that being gay means you will "burn in Hell". If so, then so will lying to your parents, drinking underage, having sex outside of marriage, etc. Jesus came to this Earth to die for our sins, not all of them except the few that are really bad. All sins are forgivable. My church once told a story of a murderer who felt the need to ask his victim's mother for forgiveness. They are now neighbors and are extremely close. I believe in Jesus because He gives me hope, because he sees past my flaws and my bad qualities. I live my life to be more like Him. That being said, Jesus doesn't hate. The Bible says that God is love, so any saying that says "God hates ______", whether it be "fags*", soldiers, or anything else because God doesn't hate anyone. He loves us. All of us. If we, as Christians, are going to try to be like Jesus, the first thing we need to stop doing is hating. We do not have to approve of certain actions, but that doesn't mean we are to judge others for partaking in them. We have all sinned in one way or another, no one is perfect. The only one who has ever been perfect was Jesus, so saying you do not sin is calling yourself Jesus, and we have a whole new problem there. When an adulteress was about to be stoned to death for cheating on her husband, Jesus himself said, "let he without sin throw the first stone" (John 8:7).
Now, I'm not trying to write a preachy post to make you non-Christians turn to Jesus or anything like that. I'm more trying to say that I am saddened that I share a label with the Westboro Baptist Church. It truly saddens me that we share the same Bible and read the same teachings and still they think that these hateful actions and sayings are what God wants us to share. They make people think that I have some of the same ideas in my head, though maybe not quite as strong. The truth of what Christianity comes from probably the most well-known Bible verse in the world:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. -John 3:16
*Please note that I do not approve of the use of the word fag at all, I was only using it as an example because it is WBC's choice of word.
**Also, please know that these are my views and opinions, and do not necessarily correlate to other Christians' thoughts, nor my church's. I am not one to speak for others.