Recently ex-Singer Ronnie Dio of Metal band Black Sabbath died which must have been so sad for his family, and it’s sad enough for me knowing that someone could die not knowing that they are going to Heaven (now I don’t know the guy but based on his lyrics and other statements we can assume that he’s not a Christian)… But what is really frustrating is hear that a group of ‘so called’ Christians will be at his funeral picking “anti-devil” slogans.
Now to me this is so different to what the scriptures talk about… yes we are to speak in TRUTH but also in LOVE… picketing outside Ronnie’s funeral while his family mourn the loss of a loved one seems to me to show no love what so ever.
This is highlighted even more by Dio’s wife saying “Ronnie hates prejudice and violence! We need to turn the other cheek on these people that only know how to hate someone they didn’t know. We only know how to love someone we know!“… did you hear that… the non-Christians are doing a better job of showing love than those who actually call themselves Christians. now please hear me… I’m not saying I agree with the music of Black Sabbath or the Anti-christ focused lyrics but as Christians we need to show love… how can we picket about someone we don’t know, or haven’t even taken the time to know???
If we had issue with what he had to say… why didn’t we converse with him?
If we were so concerned about his music… why didn’t we ask him about his influences?
Picketing when he’s dead to annoy his family isn’t love, and holding pickets that have words based on hearsay isn’t really truth…
Interestingly the group Westboro Baptist Church also has a website called Godhatesgays.com…
For the record God doesn’t hate gays… in fact when he made man (and woman) he said that “it is good” it’s the gay practices God doesn’t like.
Sometimes in times like this it’s best to be reminded of the quote from Saint Francis of Assisi “preach the Gospel at all time – if necessary use words”