I read today that Westboro Baptist Church is coming to Arlington this weekend to protest Glenn Beck’s rally at Cowboys Stadium. According to their picket schedule, WBC takes issue with Beck because he “despises God, and he proudly says so. He climbs on WBC backs to have an issue for his radio program. God has Smacked Glenn Beck already, giving him a little child with disease, but that doesn’t even slow Beck down. He is wholy incapable of seeing the Hand of God at work in this earth, and he flatly refuses to give the Glory of God’s work, TO GOD! He worships Mr. Peanut, a god that has no power, and worse.”
Needless to say, it gives me an ice cream headache to read stuff like this, because it doesn’t make sense head-wise or heart-wise. According to Glenn Beck’s site, Code Pink, a female anti-militarism group, will also be at Cowboys Stadium, protesting Beck himself.
Relatedly, at youth last night in small groups we were talking about loving our enemies. The junior high girls I was working with didn’t think that they had any “enemies” exactly. To them, Jesus wasn’t talking to them about people that they truly, deep-down hated, because they didn’t really have people like that. These girls were talking about people that repeatedly hurt their feelings or did things they disagreed with and how it’s hard to love them because, well, they’re wrong.
And again, with the kids in my Sunday School class we talked about how it’s hard to recognize the good in people when they say or do things we don’t agree with or we take offense to.
Beck’s big rally at Cowboys Stadium this week is ‘Restoring Love.’ It’s supposedly the closing of a long community service campaign revolving around ‘rebuilding America.’ You can argue that this is a lot of empty rhetoric, or you can argue against his political commentary, or you can argue that he worships Mr. Peanut. You can say any of these things. But when it gets down to it, I don’t think this platform is the place for those discussions. I think that the people assembling in Arlington this weekend should focus on loving each other despite what they think about anything else. Because that’s what people need to see and hear and feel.
I don’t really like any of these things. I think they’re all wrong in some way or another but God has put it on my heart to love them all, and I think I’m going to go tell them I do.