Pentecostal pastor Terry Jones of Louisiana is planning on spending three hours throwing Korans (the “Bible” of Muslims) on a bonfire this Saturday evening.
Now, I have zero respect for the Koran, as it is not a holy book. Anyone who claims to be a Christian, must believe that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. The only way, truth, and life. Therefore, the Koran is a false book written by a false prophet.
That’s my personal conviction. I’m sure that all true Muslims feel the same way about the New Testament, and most of the Old Testament. A little quid-pro-quo, I suppose.
However, in the presence of a Muslim (or anyone for that matter), no matter how ridiculous I thought it was, I would not insult the thing they cherish most, out of respect for them. I would hope for the same in return.
Oddly, America is selectively offended by this. Nobody in the media or government cries when a Bible is spit upon. Burned. Its pages used as toilet paper by blasphemers. These displays, no matter how antagonistic, after all, are protected under freedom of speech. Everyone from Hillary to Obama to the Vatican have weighed in and condemned the book BBQ as “hateful,” “despicable,” “dangerous to our troops,” etc. etc.
Fortunately for many people, Christians don’t threaten to murder folks who disrespect us or our beliefs, even when those acts wounds us deeply in spirit.
With the encroachment of the Ground-Zero mosque, and living under a government that constantly bends over backwards (… or bows) to avoid offending Muslims, I can understand this man’s frustration, and see what has driven him to this point.
I have two holy scriptures, though, that I believe would discourage this act:
“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”
– Romans 12:18
“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”
– Matthew 7:12
This is definitely not going to engender peace with any man, and it will probably cause a smearing of Christ’s name in many, many circles, as retribution for this act.
Now, sometimes, God causes his men to do things that are offensive to shock the people from their deep slumber. The Old Testament is full of such examples.
But any man can claim to have done something because “God told him to.” I hope this pastor reconsiders. Not, as a coward, for fear of Muslim reprisal. But because this is not, I believe, an accurate enactment of God’s will.