The Roundup's recent front-page story about the church protest against Harry Potter at our library is, most unfortunately, yet another example of judgment and religious intolerance.
I must confess I've never been in Victory Chapel. However, I think they believe Jesus is the Son of God, the creator of all, and that our individual goal is -- or ought to be -- to be a living example of his love.
Almost makes me wonder, "What would Jesus do?" I can't imagine him scaring children by shouting threats through a bullhorn.
But that's not the bad part. The bad part is judgment, because judgment is at the root of religious intolerance. And all you have to do is look around the world or turn on the evening news to view the effects of religious intolerance.
When someone yells, "God would think Harry Potter is an abomination," or "Don't go in there, it's evil," they are judging. And judging a book you have never read to be evil and a woman you have never met to be a witch is dangerous stuff.
Didn't the Master Teacher himself say, "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged?" These folks would do good to memorize the first five verses of Matthew 7 in the Bible.
There are literally dozens of churches in Payson. Each on a path with their own belief system. Which one of us is arrogant enough to assume that we have the right to be the judge who determines which path is "right?" Or, which paths are "wrong?"
Doesn't each faith and every belief system all worship and honor the same creator?
The behavior of those who assume the cloak of righteousness to judge and inflict their beliefs on others is not acceptable and should not be tolerated.
To those that behaved in such a non-Christ-like manner, I ask:
Larry Brophy, Payson