Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Only God's Judgement

This morning, I was looking over some of the news clips that comes through my email and this headline from USA Today caught my attention. 

Church of hate thanks God for Ariz. deaths, will picket funeral

Church of hate?  That alone will raise a few angry eyebrows.  This group protests funerals of soldiers and just recently they picketed Elizabeth Edward's funeral.  Now they say they are going to picket the funeral of the nine-year-old girl that was shot in Tucson on Saturday.  Seriously?  This group says that all this violence is God getting back at America with all the terrible things that are going on; cancer, shootings, war, anything we deem as sad and bad, they are saying is purposely reigning down his judgment now.  If you want to read more on this, look up Westboro Baptist Church.  

All this comes to mind the Psalm I read this morning.  Psalm 58.  Read for yourself.  The psalmist is saying that people set about to do their wicked deeds no matter what and God will stop them.  God's judgment is all we need to worry about.  Not those of the Westboro Baptist Church who have twisted things to the point that they are picketing a little girl who was brutally murdered randomly? 

Do you rulers indeed speak justly?
   Do you judge people with equity?
2 No, in your heart you devise injustice,
   and your hands mete out violence on the earth.
 3 Even from birth the wicked go astray;
   from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.
4 Their venom is like the venom of a snake,
   like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,
5 that will not heed the tune of the charmer,
   however skillful the enchanter may be.

 6 Break the teeth in their mouths, O God;
   LORD, tear out the fangs of those lions!
7 Let them vanish like water that flows away;
   when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.
8 May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along,
   like a stillborn child that never sees the sun.

 9 Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns—
   whether they be green or dry—the wicked will be swept away.
10 The righteous will be glad when they are avenged,
   when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 Then people will say,
   “Surely the righteous still are rewarded;
   surely there is a God who judges the earth.” 

I hope you are praying for all involved in Saturday's shootings.  The families still need lots of that.  As for the protesters, I know they have every right to be there, but I don't have to agree with their logic or antics.  They will have to answer to God for themselves.

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