Dear Westboro Baptist Church,
I am a junior in high school. I would like to raise the issue of LGBT discrimination in our nation, and in your congregation. I myself am a straight white male, and confirmed in the Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth, Kansas. However, we as fellow Christians must realize that all men are created equal, no matter what their sexual orientation is.
Even though the LGBT community have made significant steps towards equality, many companies and people discriminate against same-sex couples, and trans-genders. First, I would like to present the idea that everyone has, and is entitled to their own opinion. It is a crazy concept to grasp, but not everyone will agree with your opinion. One thing we can do is resect each other’s opinion.
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So that leads me to my final point. We need to learn to accept world diversity. My hopes of the future is seeing a world where all people are created equally, despite their sexual orientation. Where people don’t have to be afraid of being put down, or denied a basic human service based on what or who they love. My envision of this world begins with all of our choices. I implore you not base your thoughts on first glance, to respect other’s beliefs, as well as their own opinions, and to remember that there are more people than ourselves on the planet. Take a walk in their shoes, and treat them like you would want to be treated. It is very elementary phrases, but they’re so true. We don’t need laws to grant rights to the LGBT community. All we have to do is treat other’s with kindness, and be open-minded.
I look forward to your reply.
Greetings High School Student
I am a member of the Westboro Baptist Church. I would like to raise the issue of our responsibility to strive against sin in humble obedience to the Sovereign God who created us. We, as fellow Christians, do recognize that all men are created under an equal bondage to sin (Psalm 14:3), and therefore equally recognize the solemn necessity that Jesus Christ charged to all that would follow him when he said that if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23).
This is a common theme expressed throughout scripture. To wit:
1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;
Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Romans 13:13-14 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.
This is a crazy concept to grasp, but what a man believes is supremely irrelevant. God does not care what you believe. God does not care about your opinions. God does not care about your feelings. You do not have to believe in a hurricane for it to turn your house into a lake.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 But let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For he will bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
As a Christian (for it is a Christian you claim to be), that is your duty. In order to fear God and keep his commandments, it stands to reason that one must know what those standards are. Given that fundamental premise, I could not help but notice that there was no scripture to support any of the things that you wrote in your letter. Did you know that if you do not serve God, you are going to Hell?
John 15:6 If a man abide not in me (Christ), he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
Regarding your point about judging based on race, gender, and sexual orientation:
Acts 17:26 And [God] hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
Sexual orientation and race and gender are not the same things. That one’s skin is black or white, or whether one is male or female, these distinctions are concerned with immutable conditions of being. God never said it was a sin to be black, or a woman. However, who one fornicates with is, in fact, not an immutable condition of being, but a voluntary behavior that one chooses to engage in. If you want to try and make the argument that homosexuals ‘don’t have a choice in who they love’, I point you right back to Luke 9:23. Deny yourself and your sinful proclivities. There is only one union that is recognized by God as marriage: one man, one woman, for life (Matthew 19:4-6). So seeing as only marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled (Hebrews 13:4), God says ‘No’ to everything you just wrote concerning the so-called ‘rights of the LGBT community’.
Why did God destroy Sodom?
Jude 7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
People pay vague homage with their lips to common pieties and social bromides like ‘kindness’ and ‘open-mindedness,’ but their tenderest mercies are cruel (Proverbs 12:10), and their minds are so ridiculously closed that they cannot comprehend truth (Proverbs 30:11). Last thing: to do unto others as you would have them do unto you is not a trite ‘elementary saying.’ That is Jesus Christ at Matthew 7:12.
Matthew 7:12 ¶ Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
How does one love their neighbor, and effectively adhere to this standard? God defines love in Leviticus 19:17-18. To wit:
Leviticus 19: 17-18 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.
We are about the business of serving God here at the Westboro Baptist Church, not man. You can have whatever opinions you want, but know this fact, if nothing else: if you do not repent of your sins, you will go to Hell. That is also Jesus Christ at Luke 13:3.
Luke 13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Thank you for writing.
Your friends at Westboro Baptist Church