If you’ve clicked onto a news web-site or watched FOX News/CNN/MSNBC the past several days, I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about the Florida pastor who has organized a mass burning of the Quran at his church.
“We must send a clear message to the radical element of Islam. We will no longer be controlled and dominated by their fears and threats.”
…by turning us into them? This makes Christians look a whole lot like these people:
It also ignores a pretty clear message from Jesus Himself:
Matthew 5:43-44 (NKJV) – “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
And from the Apostle Peter:
1 Peter 3:9 (NLT) – Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.
If this pastor truly wanted to act scripturally, then perhaps he’d be better off organizing a prayer meeting on September 11 instead of a Quran-burning festival and pecan pie sale. Pray for Muslims around the world. Pray for a revival among them. Don’t incite them. Realize that as a Christian, what you do will be interpreted by many people as being reflective of the American Church as a whole.
I for one would like to make a point to distance myself from this pastor and his church.
And yeah, I’ll be praying for them too.