Burning the Quran
Wednesday, September 8, 2010

 

 “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,” 1 Peter 3:15  

 

            Terry Jones is a pastor of a church in Florida who is planning to lead his congregation in a Quran burning ceremony on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.  And the message he is sending to the entire world is that Christianity is filled with as much hate as Islam.  I am deeply concerned about such activities.  I have commented often about the pastor in Kansas who held up the sign “God hates fags.”  Now “pastor” Jones equals the Kansas pastor’s bringing of hate to our faith.  It is one more example that “Christian” Americans are more committed to their country than to the Lord.  And that indeed is a scary thought.

 

            C. S. Lewis said in Mere Christianity, “Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in.  Aim at earth and you will get neither.”  Pastor Jones and the people of his mindset are not only aiming at earth, but they are causing a lot of people to be turned away from Christ.  I love my country as much as anyone in the land, but the moment I forsake the Lord for the United States of America is the day I am no longer capable of serving either.  You see, loving God and serving Him only is the greatest gift I can give to my nation.  For “blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.”

 

            Now having said all that let me make a side comment of what is going on in our land this week.  We have been embroiled in a controversy about whether or not we should allow a mosque to be built at “ground zero.”  The proponents of doing that from the President to the media, claim a staunch constitutional stand on the separation of church and state (I dare anyone to find that phrase or idea in the Constitution).  They seem to be protecting Islam for the wrath of bigoted Americans.  And I might find their stance more reasonable if the President and the Mayor of New York and Geraldo, et al would make the same statements concerning Terry Jones’ right to burn the Quran.  Not one word, not one spokesman, has risen to the constitutional high horse to say that he has the freedom to burn the Quran on the basis of separation of church and state.  I wish they would, but alas I know why they don’t.  It is politically correct to attack anything Christian, but not politically correct to attack anything Muslim.

 

            A Fox News commentator, has begun to use the phrase, “a handful of Islamic extremists” when referring to the 9/11 attacks.  He knows it is not a handful.  It is such a large group that thousands of American women and men have given up their lives to fight them.  They are terrorists, all Islamic, who are slaughtering our people on the stones of politically correctness.  And we seem willing to let them do that, but woe to the Christian who stands for Christ in the public square.

 

            Now, you may say, Bud is really contradicting himself today.  On one hand he is condemning Terry Jones, and on the other, he is condemning those who do the same thing.  On one hand he is condemning Terry Jones for his stance on Islam and on the other he is taking a similar stance.  But let me say, “Not at all.”  Yes, I object to what Terry Jones is doing.  His actions are Islamic by their very nature.  Christ does not want or need Mr. Jones to intervene on His behalf.  Jesus would far rather Terry Jones spend the weekend worshipping Him.  For if he did, his heart would grow soft.  However, having said that, I want to point out the extreme double standard the politicians and media are subjecting our faith to.  They are far worse hypocrites that Terry Jones. 

             So, here is where I come down.  Terry, store your hate and demonstrate your love.  Christ didn’t burn the Roman constitution, He commanded we pray for them.  Give your Islamic neighbors (remember the Good Samaritan was a neighbor) the essence of your prayers and a reason for them to have hope in Christ.  Tell them by your actions the reason you have hope in Christ, not in the government.  Shout to them by your grace that we serve a God of grace.  We can never win people to Christ when we act like Mohammed.  We can only win them to Christ when we act like Christ.  An “in your face” attack of their religion will both incite them and increase the hatred of America and I promise it will discredit the Lord of the Cross.

 


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