|Counter protest to WBC held at Lorde Concert|
as reported by The Denver Channel
Nate Phelps, the estranged son of Fred Phelps who is now an atheist and outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights, said it best in his public statement, referenced in this article, when he said he will mourn his father "not for the man he was, but the man he could have been" and implored us all to work for justice and "have his death mean something. Let every mention of his name and his church be a constant reminder of the tremendous good that we are all capable of doing in our communities."
We were talking about the death of Fred Phelps in my church office last week, and my supervising pastor said, "He will be welcomed into heaven, but God is going to have some SERIOUS questions for him."
Jesus shows up in the most unlikely of places. I am definitely NOT saying that God ordains the sort of vitriol spewed by WBC, but rather, that Jesus shows up in people who continue to love in spite of this hate. For the Gospel is not just for people that I like.