Westboro Baptist Gets Schooled By A Little Girl

The False Gospel of Hate

Westboro Baptist Church preaches hate. The pastor and members (many of whom are related to the pastor) believe that God hates certain classes of people, and their actions show that anyone who disagrees with them is worthy of their hatred as well. They are famous for going to funerals and waving signs about their hatred, even though the person being buried had nothing to do with whatever their hatred is aimed at. If you want a real stomach-turning experience, go visit their website. But I won’t link it here because I don’t want their filth linked directly to this blog.

The Five Year Old Giant

A little girl who knows better than the adults at Westboro Baptist decided to do something about it last Friday. She set up a lemonade stand across the street from their church. Her purpose?

Jayden Sink, with more than a little help from her father, Jon, sold “Pink Lemonade for Peace” from her stand outside the Equality House, a rainbow-painted building across the street from the controversial church’s headquarters on Friday. According to Jon, his daughter got more than $170 in cash and more than $10,000 in online donations through Crowdrise. The money went to Planting Peace, a nonprofit that owns the Equality House.

As you can see in the picture accompanying the news article, Jayden may look small but she stood tall when it came to her principles. How did Westboro Baptist respond? Their usual way, by standing across the street and shouting their blasphemous filth.

Jesus said the world will know we are Christians by our love. (John 13:34-35.) Are the Westboro Baptists really Christians?

I can’t tell.

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32 Responses to Westboro Baptist Gets Schooled By A Little Girl

  1. Adriana says:

    The words “Westboro Baptist” make my skin crawl. So glad you highlighted this young girl’s important work today, Tim! 🙂 “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”

  2. Deanna Ratz says:

    This was encouraging, thanks! The contrast between the simple beauty of the girl’s act and the ugliness of Westboro’s response is stark. But as awful as Westboro is, there is an encouraging trend within the group-many of their younger generation have been defecting, including some of the more prominent, well-known ones (2 of Shirley Phelps-Roper’s daughters!). Let’s continue to pray that more of the Westboro members will have their eyes opened to the true God of love and mercy!

    • Tim says:

      I’ve read about those defections as well, Deanna, and am quite encouraged. Places like Westboro tend to die with their founder. Let’s hope even he changes his ways before death.

  3. janehinrichs says:

    Great story! Good for Jayden Sink! I pray her courage, her actions in this story, will encourage others to what they can do. Thanks for sharing Tim.

  4. Jeannie says:

    You’re right not to presume to say definitively whether the WBC folks are Christians; we can’t judge the heart, we can only see the fruit or lack thereof. And we have to speak out against their vile actions and words. Thanks for doing that. And I’m really glad to hear that some of their members are having second thoughts.

  5. Good for her!!! And no, they are not saved, but are about as unregenerate as is the devil (1 John 4:20). Jeff Chu’s chapter on the Westboro folks, in his book “Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America,” is quite telling. Their zealous hyper-Calvinism has shaped their fear-based beliefs, and it is so tragic — not only for their eternal soul, but for those whom they scare away from the Kingdom of our Lord.

  6. I can’t imagine a group of people spouting filthy things to a little girl. This little girl has the kingdom of heaven. Do they not understand that? Do they not open up their Bibles? I believe they are a cult, not believers of Christ. Christ would never condemn hate towards unbelievers, but would show compassion to them. Huge difference. I don’t want to say they aren’t Christians, because I don’t know their hearts, but their actions don’t show Christlike attitudes.

  7. Linda Fern says:

    Oh Tim, you had me scared for a moment when I saw the word “Baptist” in their name. I was born and raised a Southern Baptist and my Sunday School teacher when I was a very young child taught us to ‘love everybody, red, yellow, black and white’. And I did just that. I checked your link to Wikipedia and found that they are “unaffliiated”. So, they are not my ‘Baptist’. I am over my scare now. And I rest assured that they will be ‘corrected’ in time by our loving Father.

    Yrs aff’ly,
    Linda Fern

    • Tim says:

      Linda, their doctrine is no more Baptist than their actions are Christ-like. Not only that, but their church isn’t even in the Westboro neighborhood of Topeka: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westboro_(Topeka)

      So if they’re not Baptist and they’re not in Westboro, then I think it’s safe to say they aren’t a real church either.

    • Adriana says:

      Glad you brought this up, Linda. I was raised in the Baptist church and I can say with confidence that I never came across anybody like the Westboro crowd! I DID know many, many Baptists who would have laid down their lives out of love for others. And I too had a precious SS teacher who taught me “God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son.” and “Jesus Loves the Little Children.”
      As Tim said, Westboro’s doctrine is not Baptist. No worries! ♥

  8. Bronwyn Lea says:

    There was a little girl
    Who gave peace a whirl
    Right in the middle of her neighborhood,
    And when she showed good, it was very, very good;
    And when they showed bad, it was horrid.

  9. Judy says:

    I will never understand that kind of hatred, and I am horrified that it is associated with Christianity. The two could not be more inconsistent. Way to go Jayden, and thanks for sharing her story Tim.

    • Tim says:

      The disconnect between what the Bible says and what those people do seems so obvious, Judy. I don’t know how their leader got so off track, but he’s nowhere near orthodox in his teaching.

  10. michellevl says:

    Fistbump to you, Bronwyn!

    Tim, thanks for introducing us to Jayden. She’s just the kind of role model that Jesus would have used to tell us a story. Something that might have begun with him calling her to himself, then saying something like: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” (Mt. 18:3-5)

    • Tim says:

      Precisely, Michelle, because Jesus knows that while children are young they are not powerless when working in the kingdom of God!

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