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  • Letter to the editor: Don’t judge the church by Phelps’ legacy

  • [Fred] Phelps, a Baptist minister viciously judged others bringing disgrace to the Christian community. A Christian is to love God with all their hearts and love others.
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  • *Editor’s Note: This opinion is in response to a Lake View by Eric Reeve titled “Good riddance Fred Phelps,” published in the Monday, March 24 Lake Sun as well as a guest column by Charita Goshay titled “Phelps leaves a sorry legacy,” published in the Wednesday, March 26 Lake Sun.
     
    [Fred] Phelps, a Baptist minister viciously judged others bringing disgrace to the Christian community. A Christian is to love God with all their hearts and love others.
    Those are the two commandments that Jesus gave.
    I must agree with Reeve and Goshay on what they said about Phelps. We are not to judge. People who say they are Christians but show hate rather than love you are not representing Christ.
    On Tuesday, the day after I read Reeve's article, my grandson came home saying he had studied Romans 2 in the Tuesday Morning Men's Bible Study at Tupelo Honey's.
    "What did you learn," I asked.
    "I learned not to judge people," he said.
    I showed him the article Reeve wrote.
    "Love does not picket the funerals of men who gave their lives for our country," I told him.
    Reeve wrote, "This man epitomized everything wrong, evil and disturbing."
    My beloved friends. Do not judge all Baptists or Christians by the cruelty you have seen in Phelps or the Westboro Baptist Church.
    Do not judge all Catholics by Priests who committed sexual crimes against children.
    If someone claims to be a Christian, but does not love others, he is lying. "Beloved, let us love one another. For love is of God and he that loves is born of God and knows God. He that loves not, knows not God for God is love." I John 4: 7-8
    Jesus loves you and gave His life for you.

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