The fire of God’s love, that is. Look what he wrote:
In the book of Matthew, Jesus tells us, “Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.” (5:44, NIV) Easier said than done, I know! When I look out and see all the atrocities done in the name of God–the Most High whose love can never be fully comprehended by human minds–I want to attack. I want to shut the mouths of those who speak hatred forever.
But the words “love your enemies” keep coming back to me. And the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. If God struck us down for every bad thing we’ve done, then where would His grace fit in? Christians are called to be representatives of Christ here on Earth, and although Jesus had some not-so-nice things to say about the holier-than-thou teachings of His time, the Gospels never record any incident of Him destroying the Pharisees.
So how do you solve a problem like Fred Phelps? Love.
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good”–Romans 12:20-21
Bravo, my young friend. Easier said than done, but at least it is being said.