To WBC as a whole,
I’m an interpersonal communication major. I am immensely intrigued by interactions between various groups of people, no matter how large or small.
I have been intrigued by your organization for a while — I can very safely say that I don’t think I’ve known anything quite like it in my lifetime (aside from the many characteristics you share with other groups in history that believed they were “special” and “superior” and “trying to do the world a favor”).
I pose this set of questions to anyone willing to answer — are you happy?
Do you know what happiness feels like? Do you have any activities outside of trying to convey your message that bring you joy? Do you have things in this world that you appreciate? Have you witnessed anything you that is beautiful? Do you love anyone? Do you even believe in love?
After attending your “peaceful” protests a few times over my time as a young adult, I found myself wondering if your establishment knows or understands anything other than hatred. I found myself wondering what your lives must be like when you’re not running around the country with your message of doom and destruction.
If you can’t answer my questions or feel that they don’t deserve your time, then let me just say thank you — thank you for bringing so many communities together to rise up in peace and love against your messages of ignorance and hate. There is nothing more beautiful than people coming together for a cause.
As servants of the Most High God we experience our very happiest moments when opportunities arise to, as our beloved co-elect servant King David put it, “behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in His temple” (Psalm 27:4). How do you behold the beauty of the LORD except to search out His holy attributes while performing that most happy duty of “holding fast the faithful word as [we have been] taught, that [we] may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.” For this reason, I am luxuriating in some of the greatest bowels of happiness and love than any living creature in preparing to give an answer to your caustic, structurally unsound, and impudent questions. Thank you so much for that.
Your words reflect that you instinctively see the point that our friend Paul the Apostle was making regarding the resurrection of Jesus Christ (and therefore of those who are in Christ) from the dead — or more precisely, the God-granted gift to His elect of genuinely believing in that resurrection. Paul describes the conditions precedent to us being as you presume we are. I challenge you — as one who at least pretends to higher education, and presumably thought than the average American dolt — to consider these blessed words of Scripture with an intellect free of loathsome hatred:
1 Corinthians 15:12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
You see, if you examine the Westboro Baptist Church through your God and Christ-rejecting lenses, you are absolutely correct that we would be the most miserable creatures on the earth. That’s because you do not really believe that Jesus Christ is God — with all the perfect attributes that Holy Scripture adorns Him with. Instead, you believe that Christ is a really good guy who brought the kinder, gentler face of God to the world — kind of a “God Light”, if you will. If we only had the mamsy-pamsy Christ that serves as a super bell-boy and pimp for the modern, lukewarm “Christian”, we would indeed be of all men most miserable.
But that’s not WBC, Alex. WBC members have bestowed upon them all the blessings that the fruits of the Spirit bring to their lives … chief of which is saving faith. We believe, Alex. Not because — as you wholly without factual basis presume we think — we are “special” or “superior”, but because God has flooded our hearts with the ability to believe the record — the Holy Bible. All of the attributes of our Father that are described in that book we eat up, love, chatter ceaselessly about among ourselves, and effectually shout from the mountain tops! Here are a few words that describe it in Scripture:
Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Look at those words, Alex. You are of those described in verses 1 and 4. WBC is described in verses 2-3. We “meditate day and night” in the law of the LORD. That Hebrew word “meditate” there is “daw-gaw” and includes the idea of speaking, muttering, uttering, roaring, talking. We are always — day and night — thinking and talking about God’s attributes! How could we be anything but happy beyond expression — as verse 3 above describes.
And love? First, you have to stop being so careless in your examination of that term. I get that you have been raised on a steady diet of inaccurate, scripturally-illiterate notions of the love of God; but if you are going to inquire of the Servants of God you should fully expect we will look to the Canon for our understanding of that blessed attribute of God and gift bestowed upon God’s elect. At the Candlestick University — a name we use for WBC, since it is the only place in existence today where God’s candlestick glows with the light of truth — we don’t do human speak. “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20). Don’t think great thoughts, read God’s Word!
We are the apple of God’s eye (Psalm 17:8, Zechariah 2:8). He has loved us with an everlasting love and has drawn us with loving kindness (Jeremiah 31:3). He has brought us into His banqueting house and placed His banner of love over us (Song of Solomon 2:4). He kisses us with the kisses of His mouth — a beautiful metaphor of the intensity of the affection driving the blessings He bestows upon His people (Song of Solomon 1:2). He supplies all of our needs — both for life and for godliness (2 Peter 1:3). These are but a scratch of the hundreds of passages demonstrating God’s love for His people — and none else.
Yes, Alex, we at WBC know happiness. We know love. Our lives are filled to the brim with the best of human happiness and love — nothing lacking of anything we need to be at perpetual peace and in the greatest of human comfort. You cannot see it, of course. You are judicially blinded to it. Here’s how that looks — again, if you credit the blessed Word of Life as we do:
1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
2 Corinthians 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
It is very good of you to testify of God’s merciful and awful truth — even if you supposed to add afflictions to our bonds in doing so (Philippians 1:16). When the damned screech at us about their dark-hearted notions of what happiness and love look like to them, it is confirmed in our spirits that the god of this world has blinded your mind so that you cannot obey the truth. How very horrible from your perspective. How very glorious from ours.