The ‘Reverend’ Fred Phelps is an example of religion gone haywire. He is a man much like Osama Bin Laden, using a legitimate faith to justify his hate. But is he really so unusual in America?
Christianity is blasphemed by people who use that brand of faith as justification for separating and dividing people. The seeking of righteousness is noble. But here is the problem – when the only manner of being right is in the condemnation of others. The logic is simple, if not articulated: In order to be OK in America – we must make others not OK.
This logic is not limited to Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church. Phelps is merely an extreme example of self righteous faith. This distortion of Christianity is not about rising to the challenge of being like Jesus, it is about making sure that no one else can ascend the steep slope of spirituality.
Faith falters when it attacks others. Is that what I am doing in this post? Like Fred Phelps, I am merely trying to distinguish myself from those I disagree with. The vicious circle of righteousness continues as we try to grab the brass ring of truth.
Does anyone really possess the ultimate truth – or are we all just spitting into the wind?