Posted by: nmontague | August 6, 2010

Do unto others

I haven’t written much this week. I apologize. I’ve been under the weather both physically and spiritually. However, I came across a story I wanted to do some commentary on.

Apparently, there is a Church in Florida where the congregation is planning to burn Qurans to commemorate the 9th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. You care read some about it here. I read about this here, how people profess the name of Christ and yet do something like which is so outside the characteristic of Christ.

Now I know there are some differences between Christianity and Islam. Alright, a lot of differences. There is some animosity between some group of both religion. I get that. But what did Christ teach us? He taught us to “do unto others as we would have them do unto you”.

Tell me something. How will burning Qurans bring people to Christ? How will mocking Muslims, most of whom are innocent of the attacks, reconcile us? It won’t. The Atonement is about reconciling the human family to God, every individual, one at a time. How does this political statement accomplish that? Is there any Christian who would have good feelings toward a Muslim if he started burning Bibles? Why would you think a Muslim would have good feelings toward the Gospel if they see Christians mocking what they find sacred?

Christ taught and persuaded. He showed people with power that His message was true. He didn’t mock them. He lifted and edified them. Why do we seem to think we are above doing that when our Master did that?

I know this isn’t all the Christians. But even one group of them is too many. We need to turn to the scriptures and the power the Lord has given us. We need to learn to turn the other cheek. If they see it as weakness, who cares? God sees it as strength. And isn’t that who we are ultimately supposed to be living for?

We need to be tolerant of the faith of others. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t persuade them that our way is better. But we need to persuade, not mock. We need to do with this kindness, not threats and hostility. We are trying to reconcile them with God, not scare them, not make ourselves look superior, not to make them look inferior. This is not what God wants.

We need to unite behind the freedom of religion. We need to stop the mocking and the persecutions. Especially if they come from us, because if we don’t, then the justice of the Lord will be upon us and we will suffer the same persecutions until we learn to act with charity toward our fellow man.

Maybe we should try reading the Quran instead of burning it. So we know and understand what our brothers of other faiths know. So that we can have wisdom from God on how to reach out to them instead of mock them. Burning books is never a good idea. And I dont think the desire to destroy knowledge ever comes from God.

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Responses

  1. “This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t persuade them that our way is better. But we need to persuade, not mock. We need to do with this kindness, not threats and hostility. We are trying to reconcile them with God, not scare them, not make ourselves look superior, not to make them look inferior.”

    You are right on with this. I’m tired of my faith being compared to faithless Christians who would rather get a rise than rest in what Jesus did and said.

  2. […] About a month ago, I wrote a blog concering the Florida Pastor who was planning to lead a book burning of Qurans on 9/11 as a […]


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