Evangelicals, Muslims, and 'Burn a Quran Day'

Thursday, September 09, 2010

A journalist looks at the website 'Islam is of the Devil' featuring a book for sale written by Terry Jones, pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center, September 8, 2010 (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty)

Of all the commemorations of September 11th planned for this weekend, Pastor Terry Jones' "Burn A Quran Day" is almost certainly proving the most inflammatory. Jones has announced that with others, he will host a Koran-burning at the "Dove World Outreach Center" in Gainesville, Fla. this weekend. Jones has made international news with his planned action, drawing the ire of everyone from Muslims to Gen. David Petraeus, who says the Pastor's event will endanger U.S. troops abroad. The event has also brought out critics from within his own Evangelical Christian faith.

Dan Johnson is a minister at Trinity United Methodist Church in Gainesville, Fla. Johnson is planning a counter protest, to show a "more moderate voice" in his faith. And Douglas Wilson, pastor of Christ Church of Moscow, Idaho, says we have to be careful about creating a double standard for Christians and Muslims when members of each faith seem intolerant.

Guests:

Dan Johnson and Douglas Wilson

Comments [15]

You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. Matt. 5:38-42 - I wonder if pastor Jones' bible has that verse omitted.

Sep. 10 2010 12:20 PM
Mike Smuckler from Kew Gardens, NY

I think Pastor Jones should send a message to drunken sinners by walking into a bar and pouring a beer on the head of the biggest, most inebriated, most belligerent person he finds there.

Sep. 09 2010 04:59 PM
John Manrique from Palm Beach Gardens, FL

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Sep. 09 2010 09:59 AM
Alan Kobrin

The court decision on rendition has as much negative world impact, if less public and emotional, as do the actions of the Gainesville Koran burners.

How can we protect the "right" to continue "extraordinary rendition" while even Petraeus weighs in on the book burning as inflammatory.

Sep. 09 2010 09:43 AM
nalean from melbourne

This is certainly a serious issue and I hope following does reflect the views of the wider Christian community.

FACT: Since September 11, the world has entered the age of terror. The terrorists wage cruel atrocities in the name of Islam.

The issue at hand is NOT what proportion of muslims are terrorists but what should be the response of a Christian. Does the action of Pastor Terry Jones reflect what the wider Christian community believe in ? One has to look at the Holy Bible to understand what the wider Christian community believe in. The Bible clearly states that :

“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’ To the contrary, ‘if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:17-21).

“Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:23-26).

Also, as Christians, we have a bigger challenge of winning the love of our brothers who are lost. There are many Christian missionaries who have dedicated their whole life serving in Muslim countries, helping them, making genuine friends and showing Christian love. This has resulted in many muslims accepting the teachings of the Bible by the grace of God. I plead with Rev. Jones and his followers to prayerfully consider the consequences of their action if they decide to go ahead with the burning of the Koran this Saturday.

Note: Lot of the material (above) have been taken from the following article which I found on the internet and urge you to read to get an understanding of how a Christian responses to 9/11.

Sep. 09 2010 09:14 AM
Jason from Berkley

God knows that Americans freak out when we see images of our flag being burned by angry protesters in the Middle East. Imagine if instead of the flag, they took direct aim at the book that many Americans hold sacred.

The Bible states "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." (Matthew 7:12, Matthew 22:39, Luke 6:31). Perhaps Rev. Jones should try reading it.

Sep. 09 2010 09:12 AM
steve from jamaica N Y

people!!! when was the last time that a MUSLIM leader got up in front of the world and said that islam is here inthe U S A and is accepted along with every other religion''' PEOPLE get your heads out of the sand PLEASE

Sep. 09 2010 08:52 AM
steve from jamaica estates ,N>Y

why don't you ask the hard questions. like how do we fight back,thease people have changed our way of life they don't care about us yet we tiptoe around - do they care when they set off "ANOTHER CAR BOMB" that pastor said that he was against radical islam then that begs the question then how do we fight back???

Sep. 09 2010 08:26 AM
Patricia from Forest Hills

So I guess that pastor is ok with Muslims burning the Bible and an American flag? As an American, I believe he has the right but it's dumbest thing he could do. As a Christian, I would upset if someone burned the Bible.

Sep. 09 2010 07:51 AM
Lukman from Ghana

Pastor Terry is trying to cause a big problem between Muslims and Christian. Did his Holy Book say one should discriminate again another religion? No, he is doing it out his hatred towards Islam. If he hates Islam so much he should go on a debt with some of the Muslim scholars in USA on a topic. We don't need people like Terry to cause a war in this world. Please with the fear of the Lord you worship don't do what you about to do pastor Terry

Sep. 09 2010 02:05 AM
Lukman from Ghana

Pastor Terry is trying to cause a big problem between Muslims and Christian. Did his Holy Book say one should discriminate again another religion? No, he is doing it out his hatred towards Islam. If he hates Islam so much he should go on a debt with some of the Muslim scholars in USA on a topic. We don't need people like Terry to cause a war in this world. Please with the fear of the Lord you worship don't do what you about to do pastor Terry

Sep. 09 2010 02:05 AM
Lukman from Ghana

Pastor Terry is trying to cause a big problem between Muslims and Christian. Did his Holy Book say one should discriminate again another religion? No, he is doing it out his hatred towards Islam. If he hates Islam so much he should go on a debt with some of the Muslim scholars in USA on a topic. We don't need people like Terry to cause a war in this world. Please with the fear of the Lord you worship don't do what you about to do pastor Terry

Sep. 09 2010 02:04 AM
Lynne

So its fine for Christians to praise their book and cause wars over it, there are extremists in every religion, does that give us the right to burn the bible one day every year for the pagans being burned or one day a year for each crusade against non-Christians I believe there was 5 of them. I think not! it would not prove anything except that people have no tolerance for anything anymore, also that we cannot forgive. It was not all Christians that supported the war, just as it is not all Muslims that support what their extremists did. So I have no idea why you would want to burn their holy book....And to assume that Muslims should support this burning is asinine.

Sep. 09 2010 01:19 AM
Christian

As a follower of Christ, we're not to judge. So as for the pastor in Florida, he will have to answer to God for his own actions on Judgement Day as will we all. However, we are called to discern, and burning a Koran probably won't win people to Jesus. In fact, the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 9 says "I have made myself a servant to all that I might win more. To the Jews I became a Jew that I might win Jews and to those that are under the law as under the law that I might those who are under the law and to those who are without law as to those who are without law (not being without law toward God but under law toward Christ) that I might win those who are without law. And to the weak I became as weak that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men that I might by all means save some". So it's clear by Paul's teaching who is the apostle to the Gentiles (non-Jews), that we should" put ourselves in other people's shoes" and try not to be needlessly offensive but appeal to them on the basis of truth and love. For the Koran itself also says that "Jesus (Isa) is the most noblest of all prophets". Let's use the Koran to point them to Christ who said in John 14:6 "I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me". I pray that people will imitate Paul as he imitated Christ.

Sep. 09 2010 01:11 AM
Col from NJ

Please tell them not to do this. I grew up Pentacostal... They don't understand the bible at all..! Jesus stood at the well with the Pagan woman and she admired him because he didn't ridicule her. His kindness touched her spirit and she told others about this wonderful prophet. Please, stop this from happening! It is very dangerous and inciteful for Christians to behave this way. Not the Pentacostal reigion I grew up with and that's for sure!

Sep. 09 2010 12:26 AM

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