Julie A. Smith (September 9, 2010)
"In your prayers, bless this pastor, but please don't agree with his actions. The Bible is clear on that through the Gospel. Jesus came to seek and save those who were lost, not condemn them."
I normally determine to post mainly good news. Such is not the case today. Today, I purposely deviate from my normal ways and I want to preach TRUTH rather than ERROR. Jesus is the TRUTH of course.
It's basic but sometimes it must be said, Christianity at its core is very clear. And book burning is not part of it. When you take high school and college credits, the most basic course is called "101." Such is the case here.
There is a 50-member church advocating book burning – the plan to burn the Quran. This is not something Christians should do. It's a "101" deal. It's VERY basic. Again, it's "Christianity 101." I might add that the press and the military are picking up on this more than even the Christian Church, or so it seems. Let's let the general press and the military know where most Christians stand.
Basic 101 Christianity does not support nor teach book burning. We live in a free society, and so far the most "freedom of speech" is experienced in America. Yet where there is freedom, there is also righteousness and wisdom. This pastor is acting freely but not out of wisdom nor righteousness.
When Jesus walked the earth – "God with skin on", He never did anything closely associated with what is now being done by this 50-member church. The media is eating it up and our own troops are in more danger than before because of this book burning intent. Even General Petraeus is speaking against this as he wants his troops safe. So do most people of all faiths.
This is an excerpt of what the AP is reporting: "The leader of a small Florida church that espouses anti-Islam philosophy said Wednesday he was determined to go through with his plan to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11, despite pressure from the White House, religious leaders and others to call it off." He's quotes as saying, "We are still determined to it, yes," the Rev. Terry Jones told the CBS Early Show.
In another portion, it is reported that: Gen. David Petraeus took the almost unheard of step of a military General taking a position on a domestic matter when he warned in an email to The Associated Press that "images of the burning of a Quran would undoubtedly be used by extremists in Afghanistan – and around the world – to inflame public opinion and incite violence."
I even had a well respected pastor email me and say: "You should make it clear that terrorism and 911 was a great tragedy and assault on freedom in America. But two wrongs don’t make a right. This is a gross over reaction to the war on terror that makes us look weak and does nothing to combat evil."
That quote from this pastor says it all. And I can most assuredly state that Jesus would not have taken part in a book burning regarding the offenses of the Romans who occupied Israel at the time His disciples knew Him in the flesh.
I believe in the "if/then how much more" concept. For instance, the Bible says through the Apostle Paul who once was against the Church:
Romans 5:9-11: "Since we have now been justified by His Blood, [then] how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through Him! For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation."
Yet before that, Jesus said emphatically to the super-religious of His day who had the wrong concept of who God was and how HE loved sinners in Luke 6:32-33: "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' do that."
That means we must love this pastor, of course, but book burning brings back WWII to mind. Let's not go there. Let's be a light that shines in the darkness. For light always overcomes darkness – every single time.
If you totally darken a room and light just one little candle, it overcomes the darkness in the largest building. Let's be light and not darkness. Let's be that candle in a dark room and that "city on a hill."
Let's make the devil mad since he hates all mankind and is mad at all mankind anyway. Do what Jesus did and does, every single day – both to this pastor and to people who still hold to the Quran: Bless those who curse you.
By the way, MOST of the Christians in the world are either in the Church and many are pre-other religions. Let them burn our books if they will (though I only recall that in Marxist/communist countries during WWII). As for us Gentiles, Islam included, God is not finished changing many of us into new creations. The old is passing away, but it seems to be a work of a lifetime.
Yes, wars must be fought for justice. But righteous AND justice are the foundation of HIS THRONE. Often we forget the righteousness part of this passage.
In your prayers, bless this pastor, but please don't agree with his actions. The Bible is clear on that through the Gospel. Jesus came to seek and save those who were lost, not condemn them.
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