The Church is in Montenegro:
A church in Montenegro has sparked controversy by displaying a fresco depicting Yugoslav communist leader Josip Broz Tito in the fires of hell with Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
The newly built Church of Resurrection in the capital Podgorica has already drawn criticism for its lavish design.
Critics now say the church should not be interfering in politics.
Works by philosophers Marx and Engels were required reading when Montenegro was part of communist Yugoslavia.
One church leader, named only as Dragan, told the Agence France-Presse news agency that Marx, Engels and Tito “personify communist evil in the Balkans” and the artist should be “allowed the freedom to see things as he wishes”…
I don’t see any mention of the Churchmen who are being swallowed by the Behemoth.
And the non-Christian victims are going to a ‘terrible place’. So says one Evangelical leader over there.
Gosh, the first thing I thought while reading the above news story was this:
There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
– St Luke 13:1-5
In tragedy, there is a great need to be both pastoral and sensitive. Bad things happen to Christians and non-Christian. It’s not just grievous sinners who suffer violent death. Nor do these things happen simply because Americans have lost their fear of hell. Of course, there is always the urgent need of repentance. For all manner of men.
UPDATE: The Westboro lot are at it again:
Members of the Westboro Baptist Church appear to be on their way to protest a prayer vigil for victims of the Aurora massacre, according to tweets from members posted by Examiner.com.
Using the hashtag #ThankGodForTheShooter, Examiner.com reports members tweeted out their plans to “super picket” the candle lit prayer service, saying “God is at work in Colorado.”
I simply can’t bear to go on. If you can, click here.
I have long wanted to do a little work to debunk the endlessly repeated myth that the Hinnom Valley (Gehenna) was a perpetually burning trash dump. There simply is no evidence to support the idea, but because it seems a reasonable explanation for the origin of the Hinnom Valley as “hell,” writers and preachers accept and propagate the story…
The explanation for the “fire of Gehenna” lies not in a burning trash dump, but in the burning of sacrificed children…
Read the whole post over at Bible Places.