Summary: Are all religions good? This sermon in the Life of David series shows how religion isn't always a good thing.
Religion Isn't Always Good
 When Saul heard that David and the men who were with him had been discovered--now Saul was staying in Gibeah under a tamarisk tree in Ramah, with his spear in his hand, and all his servants standing about him--
 then Saul said to his servants who stood about him, "Hear now, you Benjamites! Will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, and make you all captains of thousands and captains of hundreds?  All of you have conspired against me, and there is no one who reveals to me that my son has made a covenant with the son of Jesse; and there is not one of you who is sorry for me or reveals to me that my son has stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as it is this day."
 Then answered Doeg the Edomite, who was set over the servants of Saul, and said, "I saw the son of Jesse going to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub.
 And he inquired of the Lord for him, gave him provisions, and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine."
 So the king sent to call Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father's house, the priests who were in Nob. And they all came to the king.
 And Saul said, "Hear now, son of Ahitub!" And he answered, "Here I am, my lord."
 Then Saul said to him, "Why have you conspired against me, you and the son of Jesse, in that you have given him bread and a sword, and have inquired of God for him, that he should rise against me, to lie in wait, as it is this day?"
 So Ahimelech answered the king and said, "And who among all your servants is as faithful as David, who is the king's son-in-law, who goes at your bidding, and is honorable in your house?
 Did I then begin to inquire of God for him? Far be it from me! Let not the king impute anything to his servant, or to any in the house of my father. For your servant knew nothing of all this, little or much."
 And the king said, "You shall surely die, Ahimelech, you and all your father's house!"
 Then the king said to the guards who stood about him, "Turn and kill the priests of the Lord, because their hand also is with David, and because they knew when he fled and did not tell it to me." But the servants of the king would not lift their hands to strike the priests of the Lord.
 And the king said to Doeg, "You turn and kill the priests!" So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck the priests, and killed on that day eighty-five men who wore a linen ephod.
 Also Nob, the city of the priests, he struck with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and nursing infants, oxen and donkeys and sheep--with the edge of the sword.
 Now one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled after David.
 And Abiathar told David that Saul had killed the Lord's priests.
 So David said to Abiathar, "I knew that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul. I have caused the death of all the persons of your father's house.
 Stay with me; do not fear. For he who seeks my life seeks your life, but with me you shall be safe."
Members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas
have made quite a name for themselves in the past several years.
The church is focused on the idea that homosexuality is a sin,
but they have carried their hatred to an extreme.
They have created websites like "GodHatesAmerica.com"
and a few others with names I won't mention.
This church believes
that nearly every disaster and tragedy in the world
is God's punishment on the world for rampant homosexuality.
According to their teaching,
the Challenger space shuttle disaster,
the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center,
and the recent devastating hurricanes
are all God's judgment on our country.
They have attended funerals of soldiers killed in the Middle East
holding signs that read "Thank God for Dead Soldiers".
While I agree that the Bible very clearly teaches
that homosexuality is a sin,
only an extreme perversion of Christianity
would result in the kind of behavior exhibited by these people.
Westboro Baptist Church may be one of the most extreme cases,
but unfortunately this isn't an isolated case.
This morning, as we continue our study of the life of David,