What if Fred Phelps is in Heaven?


I just heard about the passing of Fred Phelps, the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, a church that promotes hate of gays, lesbians, etc. Being the curious person that I am, I wanted to know more about the cause of his death. In the top few search results there are articles about people cheering his death.

Now, though I don’t agree with Fred and the Westboro Baptist church, those who return evil for evil have unfortunately fallen ill with the same sickness. It is never right to speak hate. NEVER.

A quick visit and search on Twitter and the page fills with hate speech. When did everyone become so perfect on their own accord? When did Jesus rejoice in the death of the anyone? Love goes on. Love covers and keeps no record of wrong.

I may have some who disagree with me here, but what if Fred Phelps is in Heaven? What if the love of God was enough to save someone with so much hate? What if the love of God were enough to save the most wretched, evil person on earth? What if in a split second, Christ revealed His glory to Fred Phelps and Fred knew the error of His ways and believed?

There are so many questions, but I believe that when everyone is treated with love, things change. I have even heard mention of people picketing Fred Phelps funeral—a regular practice of the Westboro Baptist Church. Returning evil for evil promotes more evil.

It would be great to see people show up to the funeral with signs that say “We’re sorry people have been treating you so poorly.” or “We love you”, or just to be there to offer support for the family in the way of a smile, hug, or flower bouquet. Love is the only way to change those who operate in evil.

The blood of Christ was spilled for Mother Teresa as much as for Fred Phelps or Hitler. We like to think that Christ loves us more because we are better people, but our goodness could never cause Him to love us, or Fred or Hitler more, because He is love. His love does not diminish for us because of doing evil or improve for doing good.

Would you be OK if you found out that Fred Phelps was in Heaven?