What Would Jesus Say About Burning Korans?

7 Sep

I’ve noticed recently how very loud hate can be.  We see hate everywhere, don’t we?  Just recently the Gay Pride Parade came to downtown Chicago and throughout the country, and that made a lot of hate surface from groups like the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas.  They’ve been known for years for their hatred and their opposition to any group that doesn’t buy into their extremist version of Christianity.

Then just a few weeks ago, I saw news that a church in Florida was hosting an “International Burn a Koran Day” on the 9th anniversary of the horrible attacks of 9-11.  This has unsurprisingly created a firestorm of controversy.  The church’s pastor has invited Christians to come to the church from 6-9pm on September 11th to burn the Koran, the holy book of the Muslims.  Pastor Terry Jones said in an interview with CNN recently that “We believe that Islam is of the devil, that it’s causing billions of people to go to hell, it is a deceptive religion, it is a violent religion and that is proven many, many times.”

Controversy is certainly not surprising.  What’s surprising to me is how many people support this event who claim to love Jesus.  Jesus never would have supported this kind of event nor the hatred behind it.  This event is misguided at best and just plain evil at its worst.

Jesus said that the world would know that we followed his lead in our lives by the love that we show each other (John 13: 34-35).  Jesus never said that we were only supposed to love the people in our lives that we find easy to love.  And he didn’t even say that we were supposed to love the people that were hard to love.  As a matter of fact, he took it an other-worldly step further when he said that we were supposed to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44).

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we who claimed to follow Jesus were known more for what we love than for what we hate?  I’m striving to be a part of re-defining and reclaiming Christianity from a few very vocal haters so that a generation of skeptics may come to know and follow the real Jesus of the Bible.  Not the one of dangerous extremists.  Extremists are loud and hateful.  Extremists fly planes into buildings.  Followers of Jesus show extraordinary love and concern for their neighbors, no matter what they believe.

Peace,

Neil

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2 Responses to “What Would Jesus Say About Burning Korans?”

  1. Gail September 8, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    Amen, brother!!

  2. Jeff Goins September 13, 2010 at 9:55 pm #

    Whatever Jesus might say about it, I believe that he’d surprise us.

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