Five Minute Friday: Season

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I read an article in The New Yorker this morning entitled “Unfollow.” It is about Megan Phelps-Roper’s journey from Westboro Baptist to freedom. I’ve heard a bit about it before. I’ve found it interesting because, though the hate I was raised with was not quite as open and vocal outside the home, it has a lot of similarities. Our journey to leave that hate is also similar in that it happened mostly secretly.

I recall feeling the need to study the Bible but there was no Bible study at our church so I secretly began participating in an online Bible study. No one in the study was a part of our church, nor was anyone in the study under the authority of our church. And it was led by women. We studied Acts and, as I had suspected, I found myself lacking.

The same questions I had asked as a child when comparing my parents hatred and cruelty with what I read in the Bible, I now had to ask about my church and myself. How did our actions line up with what Scripture said? Like Westboro and my parents, my church liked to bash anyone who didn’t believe the same as they. We had right theology, therefore, we were right.

While Phelps-Roper has left Christianity altogether, and some might lament that, I can definitely understand. I don’t fault her at all. If she can be a kinder person even without faith, she has made a change for the better.


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3 Comments Add yours

  1. carlybenson says:

    Interesting article. We naturally believe the things we are taught as children and it must be so hard to move past those things. I do think it’s sad that Megan Phelps-Roper has turned away from Christianity all together, but I can also understand why when she has been taught such a false view of God.

    1. sarasamomx5 says:

      Yeah, when I first heard her story it sounded as if it would end like mine, but people who have been deceived like that, most of the time leave and never return. 😦

      1. carlybenson says:

        That’s why I think your story is so amazing, but maybe hers is not finished yet. Who knows what God will do?

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