Is this the “good news” proclaimed by the Westboro Baptist Church?
That is not evangelism, it is kakangelism.
As my blogging friend Matt Stone says, Pray for Westboro – Glocal Christianity:
These guys make me angry.
Anger calls me to action.
But then the words come: ‘But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.’ (1 John 2:11)
Evangelism is proclaiming the good news, the glad tidings, the evangelion.
What does the Bible say about the evangelion, the good news, the glad tidings?
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people (Luke 2:10).
And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him (Luke 8:1).
And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again (Acts 13:32-33 ).
it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Romans 10:15).
καθὼς γέγραπται· ὡς ὡραῖοι οἱ πόδες τῶν εὐαγγελιζομένων εἰρήνην, τῶν εὐαγγελιζομένων τὰ ἀγαθά
But how ugly are the feet of those who preach the bad news of strife, and bring miserable tidings of horrible things!
The Greek prefix ev in words like evangelism means both good and happy, and so the gospel is the good/happy news.
Are the placards held by the members of the Westboro Baptist Church in the picture announcing the good news, the evangelion? Or are they rather announcing bad news, the kakangelion?
So who will evangelise the mem bers of the Westboro Baptist Church?
How shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Rom 10:15-15).
What is the good news?
According to the New Testament it is the news of the kingdom of God, and that Christ has risen from the dead.
Tomorrow is the Leavetaking of Pascha, and until then we joyfully sing of the good news that
Christ is risen from the dead
trampling down death by death
and upon those in the tombs bestowing life
And thereafter let us evangelise, and not kakangelise.