Damsel, arise!

Megan Phelps-Roper goes to church for the first time since leaving Westboro Baptist Church and thinks about repentance, newness of life and the journey of faith.

Jeffrey Chu interviewed her for medium.com:

In the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Mark, Jesus resuscitates a girl who is believed to be dead, commanding her, according to the King James Version that is favored at Westboro, “Damsel, arise.” The verse has long been a favorite of Megan’s, and it has taken on new and special meaning since her departure from the church.

Now that she has arisen, what does Megan Phelps-Roper think God wants her to do? She smiles and puts her hands on her cheeks as I ask the question. She laughs, but it’s a weird laugh—hollow, a little nervous.

“I have no idea,” she says. “I mean, I have almost no idea. I know I want to do good for people. And I want to treat people well. And it’s nice that I can do that now in a way that they see as good too. How exactly do you accomplish that? I’m not sure.”

Comments (2)

I wish her well on her path. However, as an intended target of Westboro's anger, venom, hatred, and bile, I'm not interested in reading about her journey. I'm not there yet with forgiveness. I'm not there yet with an open door. God willing, I will be, and I hope to worship next to her someday in spirit and in truth. But I'm not there yet.

Perhaps she took the "path of least resistance" and should have stayed with her church and family to preach to them a "new" Gospel. She would have certainly needed to "put on the whole armor of God" to do so. Easy for me to comment like this, yet I'm not sure what I would have done if I were in her place. Just something to think about.

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