Wednesday, September 8, 2010

No to Qur’an Burning!

Let me start off by saying this. I'm not happy with the radical viewpoints of Islamic extremists. I also realize that no matter what political party, religious sect, or any organization, for that matter, contains radicals who are bent on making a point in a violent way. Additionally, I also realize the first amendment rights of individual to speak out or protest something that they want to people to know about.

Terry Jones, pastor of the 50-member Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, FL, has decided to burn Qur'ans in protest of the Islamic faith and how it has disrespected Christianity. First in foremost, Christians are told to love their enemies and to be respectful. This act of book burning goes against everything I believe. It is a senseless act and should not be done.

I know that in other nations, the ownership of a Bible could be punishable by imprisonment. I know that some nations would put a person in prison just for talking about Christianity. None of these things should be used as a reason to be disrespectful of another person.

Read John 15:9-12. Jesus tells us to love one another. If all of us followed that basic principle, the world would be a better place.

So, I say, "Don't burn the Qur'an!"

I would suggest doing something positive like sponsoring a Bible drive. Collect money and purchase Bibles for those in the world who are hungry for the Word. That would be a better way of being a Christian and living the teachings of Christ Jesus.

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