Today I came across this little doozy. Apparently a church is protesting the San Diego ComiCon by having signs that read "God Hates Nerds". This is the same group that has their home page address as "GodHatesFags.com". They have become infamous in the media for protesting funerals, celebrating dead soldiers, and other hateful things. I've been fuming for most of the day because of their latest actions.
My participation in the ministry of Fans For Christ has shown me that there are some good, born-again, Christian people that like sci-fi, anime, comic books, and attend cons. Heck, I'm one of them. Interest in these things doesn't exclude you from being a Christian. A main focus of FFC is to show non-Christian fans that Christianity is inclusive, not exclusive, and that not all Christians are spiteful and hateful.
I went to the church's site and read more about their beliefs. The more I read the more upset that I became. Yes, they bring up scriptures to support their viewpoints. And yes, God does abhor sinful behaviors. But the message of the New Testament is that God loves everybody and wants everybody to come to Him. No matter what the sinful behavior, it can be forgiven and you can have a relationship with God. Yes, sometimes Jesus was blunt and even harsh, but he was also loving, patient, and forgiving. This group seems to be concentrating on the former and forgetting the latter.
I also have to wonder just how many people will seek Jesus because of signs like "God Hates Fags" and "God Hates Nerds". As a Christian that turns me off. If God is really that hateful, I don't want to have anything to do with him. Now I know that God isn't really like this, so I can see their error. But what about people whose only exposure to Christianity is groups like this? What does this group project that people would actually want. They don't even believe in praying for the salvation of sinners!!! Yes, that's right...says it right there in their FAQ.
I really wish I could be there when God sits down to have a few words about love and forgiveness with these people.