Judging the Fruit of Individual Trees

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So, after I did the minimum amount of housework required of me today, I began reading other people’s blogs, and I ran across one about the Westboro Baptist Church. I feel sorry for everyone who lives in Westboro, or is Baptist, and frankly, goes to church. Talk about poisoning the water!! I hate that satan has achieved such a useful tool in this group. And I feel sorrier for some murderers than I do for leaders of this garbage movement.

Vile! This fruit is rotten, and the tree should be avoided.

Here is the link to these people’s site: http://godhatesfags.com/. The blog I read was a rant against these people specifically, and Christianity in general. And frankly, I have mixed feelings about that.

On the one hand, I don’t want WBC to represent my God. Matthew 7:13 – 23:

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

There are going to be a ton of people running around calling themselves Christians. But, if you look at the fruit, you can pretty much tell if the tree is good or if it is bad. I don’t think it is rocket science. And, I refuse to decide who is going to heaven and who is going to hell. It isn’t my business, and frankly, I would never be able to have all the information necessary to make a call that. I can’t read people’s hearts or understand their motivations. Therefore, I am ill-equipped. But I do get offended when the bad trees make work harder for the trees trying to fulfill their purpose here on earth.

Still, people will use just about anything to justify their own beliefs. Any person, Christian or otherwise, if they are honest with themselves, will admit that. Me, included. It is one of those things that I pay close attention to in myself — am I justifying bad behavior? In this case, no. I’m going to defend my beliefs.

I don’t “group judge” people, and I get kind of annoyed when other people lump me in with this particular church.  If someone were to approach God from a thoroughly scientific approach, then a viable case can be made either for Him or against Him. But do the research first…don’t pick a group to hate and decide they represent all the others because they are a convenient visual tool. Especially that group — too easy.

In return, I’ll be the first to say, Oh Please. God does NOT hate fags. God hates sin. He does not hate people. And people struggling in sin aren’t ranked by the sins they are battling against. Can people twist the Bible so that their sin is no longer a sin? No. But then again, the “real” Christians struggling with this particular sin already know that, and they don’t need me grading their performance. My life simply wouldn’t hold up to the scrutiny.

And one other thing, I don’t find that Jesus said that He was bringing peace. He said He was bringing a sword. We are in a war against satan and his legions, but we aren’t at war with our fellow mankind.

— Bird

I’m going to add this little update because I feel that my post was maybe a bit harsh. I learned a long time ago that even though my nature is that of a peacemaker, peace should never be my goal in and of itself. For instance, not disciplining my headstrong teenager because it will cause tension, anger, and possibly yelling is not achieving true peace. I personally don’t find it attractive when people blast Christians to their faces and those same Christians either laugh nervously and change the subject, or even worse, walk away with some arrogant statement about seeing them in hell. These behaviors would appall me if the roles had been reversed. I know that God has created a love in me for mankind in general, but He’s also planted a soldier’s no-nonsense approach to things as well. Well, according to my husband, I see things a little too simplistically…but it is what it is. I have absolutely no problem separating out the sin a man commits from who the man is personally. But I will probably always call a spade a spade. Nor am I offended by differing opinions. I think we all have lessons to learn from one another. I appreciate Pixiemumbles for clarifying her position. I will definitely read what she has to say because I respect a person who stands up for what they believe in, even if it isn’t necessarily the same belief as mine.. 🙂 

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Author: Catherine aka "Bird"

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8 thoughts on “Judging the Fruit of Individual Trees”

  1. Thanks for reading, my blog was meant to be purely about the WBC, and I’m sorry you thought in parts it was about Christianity in general (I know my stuff about the President was a bit more general).
    I’ve absolutely no problem with religion provided it’s basically kept on a personal basis. I don’t behave like Dawkins and personally berate all those who follow a religion because I believe that’s wrong. Folk believe who and what they want to believe 🙂
    And I’m sorry if this doesn’t make any sense, it feels like I’m rambling.

    Also, your blog is really interesting, I’m interested in seeing your viewpoints

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    1. Thanks, Pixiemumbles, for your clarification. I used to try to avoid discussions like this one, but I really feel sometimes that if I don’t stand up for what I believe in, it sends the message that I’m either ashamed of it or that it isn’t worth defending. But I will apologize for misunderstanding.

      Plus, your blog had the WBC, but a few days ago I read a few other people who were blasting Christians as a group.

      I look forward to visiting your site. Got to keep an eye out for what the non-religious think of us…;-)

      Thanks again,
      Bird

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  2. Oh, I’ve no problem with Christians as a group, my mother’s a Roman Catholic, so I’ve grown up asking her questions about her faith and stuff, so there’s no blasting going to come from me. Always need to look past the few bad apples, you know?

    More often than not, discussions about religion end up in uneducated people barging in and offending everyone, or likening one of the parties to Hitler. Internet’s full of it, haha

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  3. lol..Absolutely! Plenty of trees in the orchard — no need to burn them all down because some of them are rotten!

    Take it easy!

    Bird

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  4. Well, there is no doubt you are my kind of Christian, Bird. You and I have the same attitude about sin and a no nonsense approach. I love everyone, but I call things what they are and don’t tend to mince words about them. I try to be honest even when it’s tough. I definitely respect people who stand up for what they believe in.. even if we don’t agree. Good post, Bird!

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    1. I will most definitely check it out! Ah, to Tongue or Not to Tongue…one of the hardest questions I’ve ever had to ponder…I know you will be TRULY surprised by this, but I also have opinions about that little Christian mystery…lol. Let me feed the little savages I’m babysitting, and then I’ll head on over to your new site! Thanks for the words of encouragement!

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