The Greater Church of Lucifer is actually a church. How do you fight the darkness with light and love? What happens when darkness moves into your neighborhood and decides to build a church there? Do you rebuke the evil in the storm? Do you create a storm of your own? Or do you extend a peace offering?
What does it look like to love your neighbor when your neighbor is setting up their tent in “Camp Wicked?” Can you love them while maintaining your light? Light has boundaries, but it also invades.
Greater Church of Lucifer
The opening service of the Greater Church of Lucifer near Houston, Texas was this weekend and protesters arrived bright and early with their crosses and signs.
The church’s co-president, Michael W. Ford, says the congregation follows “the seven Luciferian points of power” and is the first church of its kind. Ford said “Luciferians, like those at the Houston-area church, are very different from the Satanists who have evoked panic across America.”
Now, I’m against a church that follows Lucifer, but I’m also against Christians protesting and vandalizing others. Is protesting ever the way to fulfill the Great Commission?
I understand everyone has rights, but how do you react when another’s rights oppose your values and beliefs?
Here are three things church members of the Greater Church of Lucifer said that are convicting:
- “I always feel sorry for so-called Christians who feel so insecure in their belief that they have to come out here and waste their time when they’re not going to change our mind and we’re not going to change theirs.” – Ford
- “You would think that whole ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ philosophy would kind of kick in, but the guys [protesters] in back of me, I can’t speak for them, but they must not speak for all the people.” – Greater Church of Lucifer member
- “Because of the (church) name, everybody is going head-over-heels crazy,” the business owner said. “I’m totally saddened that in our country we are having this kind of hate going on.” – Business Owner
I hope these statements cause us to drop our proverbial stones (signs and crosses included) while staying on guard and aware of the battle of darkness versus light. The Church of Satan is pushing for darkness and against everything the Church of Christ stands for.
So Church, what is our game plan? What does love (not tolerance) look like in this situation?
There is inherit evil and darkness to be addressed. But we won’t get very far fighting darkness with anger, hatred and destruction. In Mark 10:16, Jesus told his disciples, “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”
What does it look like to be cunning, shrewd, inoffensive and blameless in our loving, living, serving and preaching? We’d love to hear your thoughts and experience!
How would you respond if a Luciferian church opened in your city? What does it look like to love your neighbor … who you completely disagree with?