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The Real Side | Commentary by Joe Messina
| Monday, Dec 9, 2013

joemessinamugReports indicate that Westboro Baptist Church plan to picket “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker’s funeral.

This church claims to be a Christian organization acting on God’s behalf. Well, maybe it is. The Bible speaks of two gods in particular: the God of Abraham and the god of this world (aka the devil). The God of Abraham is full of love, mercy, grace and forgiveness. The Westboro god is full of hate, unforgiveness and spitefulness.

Whenever I write about crackpot atheists or left-wing, progressive freaks, I get a boatload of e-mails telling me you can’t lump them all together. Really? Then don’t lump all Christians together.

Paul Walker was recently killed in a car crash near my home. The local media, including my anchor radio station (KHTS), have been covering his tragic death.

Apparently Walker was a big star and this was newsworthy. I say that not out of disrespect, but I was unfamiliar with him and feel we should never value one life over another. A celebrity’s life is no more important than a homeless person’s life.

With that said, Walker used his fame and success to help those less fortunate than him. He organized and founded Reach Out Worldwide, which provides relief to areas struck by natural disasters around the world.

As a Christian, my God wants us to reach out and help those who are in need. My God tells me if I have two pillows and my neighbor needs one, give it to him (paraphrased for my non-religious friends.) If my neighbor needs a coat and I have two, give him one. If I can feed those who need food, do so.

In the Bible, my God told Abraham that he would bless him so he could be a blessing. In other words, I’ll give you stuff so you can give to others. Its sounds like Walker was doing that, and for that, I would thank him.

For the Westboro Baptist people, I hope you have portable air conditioners when you depart this earthly life. You will need them. My Bible also speaks of a group of legalistic “believers” who said to Jesus: Lord, didn’t we go about doing this and that in your name? Jesus responded to them by saying: Leave me. I never knew you.

Westboro, listen up. What are you doing to show the love of Jesus? Nothing. What are you doing to show the love of God? Nothing.

When Jesus ran into the Pharisees and Sadducees (the “religious” people of the day) and they were “ritualistically” praying for all to see how holy they were, Jesus called them hypocrites. Why? Because they were letter-of-the-law guys, not spirit-of-the-law. Jesus actually implied that they represented their father, the devil, well.

For the record, Westboro Baptist Church is not representative of the type of Christians I know, not a one. However, they well represent the “god of this world,” the devil, their father, full of hate, and un-forgiveness like them. They don’t speak of love and understanding. They speak of hate and condemnation.

The signs they carry – “God hates adultery.” Yes, He does. “God hates divorce.” Yes, He does. But He doesn’t hate the adulterer and He doesn’t hate the divorcee. He hates the bad things people do, not the people.

Westboro Baptist members hate everyone they decide isn’t living right. The church pastor, Mr. Phelps, seems to have forgotten the scripture, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” Hey, Phelps (can’t call him pastor – no love for people from him) I don’t see an ounce of love of forgiveness in you. You do represent well your god, the father of lies, the god of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

For the rest of you, if Paul Walker was the person people say he was, then he was doing what God asked him to do. And if you don’t believe in God, then he was doing the right thing for his fellow man. If more people would show the love of God the way Walker did, maybe God would not get such a bad rap.

This is the season of kindness and God’s love toward man. You know, that offensive stuff, “goodwill toward men” and “peace on Earth.” Please ignore the peripheral noise. Don’t let phonies like Westboro Baptist Church distract you from doing good things to help other people.


Joe Messina is host of The Real Side (TheRealSide.com), a nationally syndicated talk show that runs on AM-1220 KHTS radio and SCVTV [here]. He is also the current president of the Hart School Board. His commentary publishes Mondays.


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  1. Pam says:

    BAM!!! so very well said!!! Have always detested the Westboro people who claim to work in the Lords name for protesting our fallen soldiers funerals. Shame on them and as the Bible tells me, I shall pray for them! Thank you for this commentary!

  2. Jeff says:

    Who goes to hell? The sin or the sinner? Did God not hate Esau? God most certainly hates the impenitent sinner.

    Just because somebody is generous with their money it does NOT give them the right to live their life in disobedience. Walker could have given a trillion dollars away would that buy him a place in heaven? Was he not living in sin with a woman who was not his wife? And you sweep this under the rug? God most certainly won’t. He will however hold the blood of all the people you lead astray on your hands. Love your neighbor means to warn them sin leads to hell. You teach people to sin.

    Judge not lest ye be judged means DONT SUBSTITUTE YOUR JUDGEMENT WITH GODS JUDGEMENT!!! Jesus commands you to judge righteous judgement John 7:24 Jesus said he used his fathers judgement on Earth John 5:30. God warns you that your words will either justify or condemn you. If you uphold God’s word you are justified. If you contradict it, THEN you have used your judgement and will be condemned. You will be held to the standard you judge others with. You’re already held to God’s standard, USE IT!

    And to Pam up there, why shouldn’t people protest soldiers funerals? They fight for a God hating nation and therefore fight against God himself. Can’t fight for a nation that allows gay marriage/abortion/etc. and ask to be blessed. Soldiers now fight for sin.

  3. Lauren says:

    “I’m a Christian now. The things that drove me crazy growing up was how everyone works at fault-finding with different religions. The people I don’t understand are atheists. I go surfing and snow boarding and I’m always around nature. I look at everything and think, ‘Who couldn’t believe there’s a God? Is all this a mistake?’ It just blows me away.” Paul Walker

  4. Simmons says:

    Jeff is clearly a follower of the devil worshiping Westboro Baptist Cult.

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