Megan Phelps-Roper ran the social media strategy for the infamous Westboro Baptist Church until her twitter feed went silent one day last fall. Apparently, she has left her grandfather’s hate filled so-called church along with her sister Grace.
What prompted her to leave? A question about Jesus and repentance asked by a Jew. Megan realized that the worldview of Westboro just wasn’t big enough for Jesus. “I realized that if the death penalty was instituted for any sin, you completely cut off the opportunity to repent. And that’s what Jesus was talking about,” she told a reporter.
This is why we need to be comfortable asking the big, difficult questions in our families, churches, and communities. If the worldview we are passing on isn’t big enough for the hard questions, it will be vulnerable and shaky in the fact of intellectual challenges, emotional doubt, and tough times.
But true Christianity is plenty big for all that. For The Point, I’m John Stonestreet.