Fee, Fie, Foe …. Foo Fighters! That’s right, I said Foo Fighters. If you have never heard of Foo Fighters, I can tell you they are a popular band that performs regularly around this country and other parts of the world. What do the Foo Fighters have to do with WBC you ask? Well, before I answer that in more detail, take a look at this video: https://youtu.be/BD-fWMYcHXk
If you had trouble figuring out what you just saw, here are the highlights: The Foo Fighter band members were on the back of a truck stopped on a busy street in front of WBC picketers; the crazy, idol-worshiping crowd was mobbing the band; and all this occurred within 10-15 feet of WBC signs shining all over. While the Foo Fighters thought they were countering our Bible-based message, they actually did little more than shine a spotlight on it.
For years now, this church has been picketing rock bands and other entertainment groups, and we have done so all across this country. We are well-known for our funeral, school and other high-profile protests. But our pickets at entertainment venues are just as important and much more numerous.
Why does WBC preach at entertainment events all across America? Let me give you a 2-point answer to that question:
Point 1: It is another method of accomplishing our job of preaching to the world. And (Jesus) said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15). As the video suggests, these events are generally attended by tens of thousands. What better way to reach an audience. And our experience tells us that many of those in attendance Tweet, e-mail or otherwise distribute our message to their friends, relatives and colleagues so that by the end of the day, we have preached to ten-fold those in actual attendance. On top of that, many of these preaching events result in one or more videos that get posted on-line, and some of those have been viewed by millions. For example, back in September of 2011 WBC had another interaction with Foo Fighters where the band came out and serenaded us. The resulting video of that event has been viewed on YouTube more than 6 million times! And there are literally hundreds of videos on-line regarding these types of WBC pickets, including Russell Brand (over 6 million views), Michael Moore (over 4 million views), Lisa Lampanelli (1 million views), Vince Gill (1 million views), Blake Sheldon, Brad Paisley, and dozens more. Add to that the seemingly countless media reports that have appeared, and we can safely say WBC has preached to tens of millions of persons around the world by this method. But this is not our accomplishment; this is God’s deed, and it’s amazing to behold. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. (1 Corinthians 3:7).
Point 2: It is a classic example of how the people of God are entertainment to this final, debauched generation. What you saw in the video is but a recent sample. While the crowd was gaga over the Foo Fighters and their lead singer Dave Grohl, the crowd’s attention was immediately turned to WBC and her signs when the band-carrying truck stopped right smack-dab in front of our picket line. We are a spectacle, and by that we witness Christ and his judgments to this generation. [F]or we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. (1 Corinthians 4:9). The definition of that word “spectacle” includes display, show, performance, exhibition, or “an event or scene regarded in terms of its visual impact.” If that doesn’t fairly describe the typical WBC picket event, I don’t know what does. Elsewhere it is said that the people of God will be “made a gazing stock.” (Hebrews 10:33). That phrase suggests being made a public spectacle, as if in a theatre or on a stage — held up to public view and exposed to open scorn and reviling.
So I close with this wonderful Bible verse: And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. (John 21:25).