Hate MailDecember 28, 2005
Here is an email that was sent to Brian Flemming, an atheist that produced the film "The God Who Wasn't There." Viewer mail. The person wrote Flemming:
"You've definitely got some nerve. I'd love to take a knife, gut you fools, and scream with joy as your insides spill out in front of you. You are attempting to ignite a holy war in which some day I, and others like me, may have the pleasure of taking action like the above mentioned. However, GOD teaches us not to seek vengeance, but to pray for those like you all. I'll get comfort in knowing that the punishment GOD will bring to you will be 1000 times worse than anything I can inflict. The best part is that you WILL suffer for eternity for these sins that you're completely ignorant about. The Wrath of GOD will show no mercy. For your sake, I hope the truth is revealed to you before the knife connects with your flesh. Merry CHRISTMAS!!!"
What is wrong with this person?! Is this the love of Jesus? Is this the spirit of Christmas? Is this the way to lead someone to God? Flemming is wrong in saying that God does not exist, but I think it seems obvious that God does not dwell in this person. After all, we are reminded in 1 John 4:7-8: "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love."
This sick person who claims to be a Christian hatefully delights in the coming judgment of another instead of doing everything they can to lead Flemming to God's love. The person who wrote this email may be surprised when they have to account for these words before God someday. If we want to lead people to the love of Jesus—and I hope we do—then we must love them, not condemn and threaten them.
Thanks to the Jesus' General blog for pointing this out.