Friday, October 26, 2007

Misguided and Disturbing!

Here is an excerpt from an article I just read where some church members (obviously misguided) protested a soldier's funeral causing great distress to the family.

"Albert Snyder said Wednesday he had hoped for a private funeral for his son, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder."

"They turned this funeral into a media circus and they wanted to hurt my family," Snyder testified. "They wanted their message heard and they didn't care who they stepped over. My son should have been buried with dignity, not with a bunch of clowns outside." Link to article.

I don't understand this mentality. Why would anyone think it is alright to hurt other people this way? Clearly this pastor and congregation have taken things out of context.

I posted a response to the article. Some comments are encouraging ,while others are disturbing and hateful. It saddens me to think some people label all Christians this way because of a few bad ones. Pure logic should tell them that isn't true. Or are they just as hateful, guilty of the same judgments- reversed? What happens in a person's life to cause them to be so hateful, regardless of what their views are? I don't think these people succeed in effecting change for the better. Perhaps the fallout from their hate becomes the catalyst for good things to follow, inspiring action to counter the evil. To say this was disrespectful is an understatement!

The following is the comment I posted because it also concerns me that Christians can be perceived this way because of a small minority of people that pervert the true message of Jesus.

Sometimes things are done in the name of Christianity that God has NO PART OF…poor, misguided choices by human beings in these cases.

I am a Bible Believing Christian and I would never ever do anything like this to anyone! This is WRONG!

Jesus would never condone this behavior of hurting another person/people- name calling, violation of privacy, disrespect.

One only has to read about the life of Jesus to see what he would do and he never did anything hateful. He went and hung out with the social outcasts. He befriended them and always treated them with respect. His actions spoke volumes about his love for his fellow man. He was judged harshly by the religious crowd. Still he persisted in doing what was right and lead by example and people were drawn to him as a result.

He said the greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. By so doing you will obey all the law because you won't break the other commandments if you do this.

I don't care if this is a "church" group...they are NOT representative of the millions of Christians world wide who love and honor God. Some have sacrificed their lives because of their faith while ministering as missionaries to other people.

I personally know so many beautiful and gentle spirited Christians that would not behave obnoxiously or cruelly. They are generous and care about their fellow man.

Every profession or group is going to have some bad apples but they do not represent the whole basket.

As far as retaliating meanly...2 wrongs never make a right.

My heart goes out to this father and his family and friends. This should not have happened. I am sorry about the loss of his son and I am sorry these people hurt them this way.


Elaine said...

Oh what an appalling action on the part of supposed Christians. Well done for bringing it to our attention.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

I agree with you 100% Seapsray. The dignity and solemnity of one's funeral must never be marred by obnoxious demonstrations and picketing. The dead and his bereaved family and friends deserve their own private moments with no unnecessary vexations from demonstrating outsiders. Their inhuman and callous behavior is sickening to say the least. Jesus would never have countenance such uncouth and degrading behaviors. Shame on these people. Thanks for the enlightening post. Smile always. God bless and have a wonderful and pleasant weekend.

Chrysalis Angel said...

That's outrageous! Those people are wackos!

I feel so bad for that family. How dare those people call themselves Christians. I'm appalled.
That is just disgusting Seaspray. Misguided isn't the word, warped is.

SeaSpray said...

Hi Elaine - yes it is!

Although, one would think that anyone would realize that those kind of people are in the minority and do not in any way represent the doctrines of true Christianity. Maybe some people use people like this to justify their hatred, apathy or disbelief in God or more specifically, Christians.

Hi Mel- You always write so beautifully.

Your welcome and thanks for the eloquent comment, the well wishes and you and may you and your family be wonderfully blessed.

Hi Angel-I know...I couldn't believe the ignorance or callousness and was grieved that some people see them as representative of Christianity.

I think you are right...warped is a better word!

SeaSpray said...

oops! type-o Mel..duplicated you...although, I could say thanks for being you...your encouraging words are always appreciated.