Thursday, July 20, 2006

The Barrier

As I looked through the newspaper last weekend, I read the accounts of a protested military funeral in the same town as my denomination's headquarters.

You've certainly heard of the foolish people involved -- Rev. Fred and the Kansas Krew. OK, that's not the exact name, but it's already more respect given to them than they deserve. These are the folks who claim that the U.S. is being divinely judged for embracing homosexuality by having our servicepeople killed in Iraq. So in the illogical extension of their thinking Fred and the Krew show up at the funerals of soldiers who are killed in the Middle East to hold up stupid signs and shout about their misguided beliefs.

So that's what happened. RF&KK showed up outside the church to... whatever it is they think they're accomplishing. What a painful sound for the family grieving the loss of a young man who gave his life in service to his country -- without regard to anyone's position on homosexuality.

What caught my eye in the newspaper story was that there were a couple of motorcycle groups who decided to do something about all this. They parked their motorcycles on the street directly in front of Rev. Fred and the Kansas Krew and revved the engines. No one could hear the protesting Jayhawks. The surroundings weren't silent, but the air wasn't filled with the sound of hateful idiocy spoken, supposedly, as the voice of Christ's followers. Instead of the cries of the foolish reaching the mourning, the motorcyclists formed a barrier against the hatred.

What an interesting concept. Instead of argueing with someone who won't listen, cushioning the blow of those who are grieving.

Often we can't shield the hurting from the pains that life has in store for them. A hug and a casserole doesn't stop the pain of grief anymore than a dozen motorcycles revving their engines can quiet a crowd. But sometimes we have to be creative to offer that cup of cold water in Jesus' name.

6 comments:

HeyJules said...

Beautifully said...

Weekend Fisher said...

Cool. I wonder, if they get shut down often enough, if they'll leave funerals in peace? I'm sure at the price of some other activity, but it might be a net gain ...

Jennifer said...

Great post.

R. Stewart said...

In Minnesota, this group showed up for one funeral, and within a short time we passed a law mandating a minimum distance protesters must stand away from funerals. I find it terribly sad that we need such a law to protect grieving families from such idiocy.

You were being very charitable when describing this group's beliefs as "misguided." I pray they find the truth and learn to speak it in love.

MegLogan said...

I just don't understand people like that. I mean where do they come up with these ideas? If we are being judged by God for embracing homosexuality, and abortion and the like, why would He be killing soldier in a war? I mean, wouldn't He be more likely to slay people in a way that would make a more obvious statement for His holiness? and a more obvious statement about our sin? I mean, really, why not just slay all the homosexuals, or politicians who support it or something? Why would a God who is able to reveal Himself and His holiness to us kill men in a war, where everyone will think it was the WAR that killed them! LOL such irrational thinking cannot be found among true Christians. Christ sets our minds free, so surely there must be at least one person over there who is not a true Christian and is leading these people astray. Woe to them, for those to whom He gives much much will be required.

Mrs. Meg Logan

Callmeteem said...

Thats a good post and good thought--revving your motor as an act of grace. May we be creative.