Remembering the Family Rhoden

If Death Comes, You Deserved It

Steven L. Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church, Tempe, Arizona is no stranger to us. Registering in the extremist/insanity category, Anderson’s screeds and conspiracy theories have amused and abused many. Today, we surmise that death comes to those who deserve it. Given how they lived, what could those who died in the Paris attacks expect?

But Piketon, OH hosted no Eagles of Death Metal concerts. Yet eight Rhoden family members died in their sleep. Perhaps this family will be linked to the marijuana plants found in the vicinity. One supposes that would certainly offer Mr. Anderson a tidy explanation of their demise.

Another Response

But then, suppose that God isn’t like that at all. Suppose that when his children in France or Belgium or Ferguson or Boston or Charleston or Piketon are snuffed out, God’s own heart grieves. Recognizing that this is indeed the case, United Methodists prepared these resources for lament. Nor are Methodists the only people to recommend community laments.

The Boston Catholic website has uploaded this document. There, we find such statements as:

‘The scriptures provide us with ways to express our hope that God’s intervention will change our feelings of emptiness, fear and sadness while we become even more aware of the events and how they occurred. We need to place our losses and the losses of the French people into the context and framework of faith.’

And…

‘There is a need to come together for prayer.’

And…

‘Safety and stability is given when communities respond in prayerful ways.’

There is a tremendous need community instruction from the perspective of Christian faith in God. But providing it will require courage. Such issues as these and other documents name will not go quietly into the sunset. But on the other hand, the conditions that give rise to tragedy make this response by the church all the more imperative.

The Rhoden family tragedy is yet another call for church to remember who she is, to whom she belongs, and for what end she exists in the world. Mr. Anderson is a good example of what we are not to be. Can we now find grace to minister positively when tragedy strikes?

3 thoughts on “Remembering the Family Rhoden”

  1. First!! man could Mr.Anderson use the word faggot in anymore ways in this video? Why why IFB “pastors” do you have to make arguments and use words that make you sound like you are a 10 year old. I always love how IFB takes something that isn’t even related and somehow doing that something with make you or is proof that your gay. what? 😑😳

  2. An way to go United Methodist !! for showing God’s love and grac by tackling hard questions. An shout out to my Catholic brothers and sisters in Christ!! I know the IFB like to call you the whore of babloyn. But way to show the love of Christ in your statement. an questions How many pastors like Mr.Anderson will say to Jesus “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?” and hear Jesus say in return ” I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” Over sermons like the video above .

  3. “How many pastors like Mr.Anderson will say to Jesus “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?” and hear Jesus say in return ” I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” Over sermons like the video above

    Interesting that you quote this verse. It was discussed at length at church yesterday. I’m confused about how someone who doesn’t truly know Christ could perform miracles or cast out demons. I find this verse frightening. It reminds me that the cost of being mistaken is very high. I’ve never understood how someone could believe they were God’s child, and could do great things in His name, and yet be completely deceived.

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