I do so all the time.
Westboro Baptist Church has been protesting soldier’s funerals for some time now. They hold signs that say things like, “God loves dead soldiers”, “Thank God for dead soldiers”, and then some other ones that don’t make sense.
Now, anyone reading this who has family in the military (myself included) is probably thinking to themselves…”this girl is insane”. But grant me your attention for just a few more moments.
This morning in one of my Communication courses, we were talking about the Effects of affective communication. And as I walked across campus this evening…I realized that Westboro, a group I have lethally despised for some time now…hit the nail right on the head.
“God loves dead soldiers.”
“Thank God for dead soldiers.”
I do thank God for dead soldiers. I do thank God for the men and women who gave their lives to give me the freedoms to write this post. I do thank God for the men and women who gave their lives to protect the rights of WBC members to protest. I do thank God for the men and women who gave their lives…
so I wouldn’t have to.
He does love the men and women who die for our freedom every day. He does love the men and women He has groomed as warriors for His children. He does love the men and women who selflessly lay down their lives because they believe it is the right thing to do. He does so much…
that He first laid down His own.
So thank you, Westboro Baptist Church.
Thank you for reminding us to be thankful for the men and women who fight for us.
Thank you for reminding us to remember those who fight on.
Thank you for bringing our attention to their homecomings.
NOW THAT'S A SIGN!!!
In Ezekiel 18:20b we read that “The child will not be punished for the parent’s sins, and the parent will not be punished for the child’s sins.” This is so important to our personal narratives. There are some things parents do…their children do not want to be associated with. At the same time, there are many things the children fall prey to…the parents never even had to worry about. As we grow further, and further into the technological age and closer, and closer to the return of our savior…this becomes more, and more true. Traps are set for the coming generations that their grandparents and great grandparents NEVER believed would become a problem. It is good that the parent is not blamed for the child’s sins…and vice versa.
However…there is another side to this coin.
“Ahaziah son of Ahab began to rule over Israel in the seventeenth year of King Jehoshaphat’s reign in Judah. he reigned in Samaria two years. But he did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, following the example of his father and mother and the example of Jeroboam son of Nebat, who had led Israel to sin. He served Baal and worshiped him, provoking the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, just as his father had done.” -1 Kings 22:51-53
The child is not BLAMED for the sins the parent COMMITTED. But what keeps the child from picking up the same habits? Children are ingrained with a need for a role-model. No matter how “bad” the parent is…the child wants to be able to look up to that person. “Righteous people will be rewarded for their own righteous behavior, and wicked people will be punished for their own wickedness.”
The child is not blamed for the sins of the father.
He receives judgement for his OWN sins…
that he picked up at the feet of the father.
Remember that the little people watching you,
will one day be big people…remembering what they’ve seen.