The Westboro Baptist Church has taken it upon themselves to once again proclaim God as a revelrous tyrant with an insatiable bloodlust, hoisting their picket signs over yesterday's death of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman.
There is something the WBC is failing to take into account, an essential part of God's nature and scripture that they are willingly ignorant of. Look no further than the following two excerpts that make obvious what the entire Bible, read contextually, testifies to.
"He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance," (2 Peter 3:9).
"Say to them, 'As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die?'"(Ezekiel 33:11).
These verses stand to defy the WBC's ongoing tirade of misrepresentation and hatred. Just because something is someone's right, that does not make it a pleasurable one. God is the Almighty and supreme Judge and thus, can and does bring all humanity into judgment. Where in these verses (or elsewhere) would one infer God enjoys doing so? God does not enjoy human death, no more than one would enjoy sentencing their own reprobate son to the only fate left him after a lifetime of spurned council. All of us have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. The worst "sinners" among us are no less children of God than the most righteous...and the death of a child will never, NEVER be a joy to its father.
Remember this the next time you encounter one of the Westboro Baptist Church's hate-campaigns.