"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.
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.