Making A Statement, Playing God: A Christian Response to Terry Jones’ “Burn a Quran Day”

Posted: 13 September, 2010 in Light Musings
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Making A Statement, Playing God, Mercy! Books Burning.

Normally I do not write about politics because I believe the Gospel and politics generally has nothing to do with each other. I have been restraining myself from writing about the “Burn A Quran Day” controversy until now,  mainly because I don’t want to be part of the feeding frenzy, giving undue attention to it; playing exactly to the intention, which unfortunately the global media did. Although the political stunt was not carried out, Terry Jones’ political stand as a “pastor”, a “reverend”, representing a church and igniting its copycats, which are contrary to biblical teachings, needs to be addressed and corrected.

Dove World Outreach Center, (yes, they now have a wiki page now) with its pastor Terry Jones, first sparking the intention of burning the Qurans to make a statement in the United States has raised global condemnations.

If someone burn their Qurans, and they burn our Bibles, then what?

Such acts achieve nothing except to further fan hostility and violence, where we are taught in the Bible to live in peace as much as possible with everyone else. The question is, who made Jones to represent or play God? What is the stand of a Christian, true to the Word, should believe? What has the Bible got to say?

Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God.   Romans 12:16-18

In the New Testatment, where present believers heed, is rather clear on this issue. We should respond accordingly as “A Living Sacrifice to God“, especially in present times. Yes, we are in the end times; where life is indeed precarious. But I cannot find a passage in the Bible that tells us to hit back with a response.

If Terry Jones wants to make a statement in his community, it is his right within the law of his land, as an indivdual, as a group or even as citizen of a state or country; but it should not be coming from a counterfeit Christian facade; disregarding God, the clear teachings from the Bible and the Church body. Such actions are direct contrary to the very foundational basics from the Sermon on the Mount taught by Jesus Christ, Love Your Enemies and Do Not Judge Others.

It is interesting to note that in all of Jones’ public statements, I did not note any mention of the Bible, Jesus Christ or their teachings as the motivation of the intented act. Why was that? It is simply because in the Bible, there is no statement needed to be made by anyone at all, Christian or not. The very statement, the very act, was made over 2,000 years ago, on the cross, by the very Son of God, Jesus Christ! The victory has been won, there is nothing else we need to do except to proclaim that victory in Christ, no more – no less.

Play Ball!

And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.   Luke 14:27

I have carried this prompting with me before such events happened over the week. Never in my dreams would I thought it will be applied in such a situation. You see, we must all carry our own cost of discipleship to follow Jesus; to make the certain hard decisions, to know what we are in for, to give up everything we had or we ever fantasize, and to make sacrificial differences. We are no longer the old but the new being in Christ. Are we willing to give up our old self, our flesh, our pride, our former believes, our urge for vengeance and our supposing basic rights to follow true to Jesus and His Word?




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