Wednesday, September 08, 2010


The whole world is talking about the pastor of a 50 member church in Gainesville Florida. Specifically the "International Burn a Quran Day" that this pastor has announced for September 11, 2010. Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center is planning on burning many copies of the Quran on the eleventh and people are reacting all over the world. From General Petraeus to Secretary Clinton to the President's spokesmen, to Muslims around the world, everyone is reacting.

The question to be asked, in my mind. is should the pastor of a church take part in such activity? And the obvious answer is of course not! If your call is to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, then you have to put all that you do through that filter. and I do not see how this event passes the Gospel test. If we are called as followers of Christ to be salt and light, you have to ask where is the salt and light in these actions? The answer is they are not there, and thus this pastor should cancel the event.

The other interesting thing to note in all of this is the outcry from the Muslim community around the world. It is hard to take serious their complaints of this event creating hate and violence around the world, when that is exactly what has taken place from their community for years now. Their outrage is hard to take serious, when the reaction they have to things like cartoons being drawn is to burn down buildings! While I am against the burning of the Quran and believe it is not helpful to the Gospel proclamation, I also find the Muslim opposition to be disingenuous as best. Is that called speaking out of both sides of my mouth?

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pastor tom