These people believe with everything in them that they are right and are some of the few people that are going to Heaven. Excuse the rabbit trail for a second, but my question when researching these people and searching through their website (www.godhatesfags.com), is how can they, IN GOOD CONSCIENCE, sleep at night and believe they are accurately representing God? Is the conscience truly that powerful? In an article that you can read here, the power of the conscience in these people is evident. Steven Drain is quoted on his opinion about how Christians are to blame for "fag marriage" and states that "mainline Christianity is chiefly to blame for legitimizing that filthy sin and elevating it to its status of acceptability in society."
How does this apply to counseling?
Our jobs as future counselors and especially as future Christian counselors is to help those achieve some level of healthiness. Recognizing the power of the conscience and how it can drastically differ from person to person will greatly enhance our practices as it will allow for us to have more of an understanding of just how fallen an individual can be. It is not our job to judge them, it is not our job to hate what they believe in or be appalled by their actions. It is our job to recognize the fact that each person sins differently, each person has a story behind the presenting issue that brought them in, and each person has hope in the eyes of The Lord.
My personal Response:
Reading about the Westboro Baptist people and watching videos of their protests reminded me of just how powerful the conscience can be and actually instilled a new sense of determination to be the type of counselor who truly tries to see each person the way that God sees them; to look past their beliefs and their faults and love them right where they are. It also encouraged me to be a better representation of Christ and prove the stereotypes wrong. On another brief rabbit trail, my heart truly broke for the members of this church. I honestly wish I could somehow have an opportunity to talk to any of them and figure out what exactly happened in their life to make them so hateful. My heart also breaks for the children of that church who are being raised and taught to hate. I see pictures of them picketing at military funerals and gay pride parades and it's truly devastating.
The power of the conscience is not something that should be underestimated.