I usually promote my books and provide excerpts from them on this blog but a recent news story upset me so deeply that I must protest against it. The Dove World Outreach Center of Gainsville, Florida has recently announced that they will burn copies of the Qu’ran on September 11th to protest the terrorist attack which occurred nine years ago. The chief reason I’m upset is because this strident stunt will endanger Christians in Islamic lands. In fact, many of these believers, and westerners in general, could be murdered because of Pastor Terry Jones’ unchristian provocation.
Most Christians desire only to tell the world about the good news of Christ’s gift of salvation. Because everybody has sinned and come short of God’s standard, Christ voluntarily stepped in to take the punishment on the cross that should have been ours. All he asks is that we beg his forgiveness, accept his gift of eternal life, and yield ourselves to his will. The duty of Christians is to proclaim the wonderful news and become more Christ-like in their lives. Nobody does that perfectly but Christ does change the hearts of those who trust in him.
Now we have a boorish pastor, Terry Jones, about to pull a stupid stunt that makes Christians look like hateful bigots. Christ never lead an army against his enemies and neither should this rogue pastor take matters into his own hands wile endangering innocent believers. He ought to heed Romans 12:19 which says, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”
This isn’t the first stupid stunt his unaffiliated church has pulled but it may well be the most infamous. I hope and pray that this callous leader and his crazed congregants will cancel the Qu’ran burning. If he goes through with it and innocent Christians are murdered, their blood will be on his hands and he’ll have to face God Almighty on Judgement Day. In fact, the Bible teaches that all people of other religions and false Christians alike will someday have to answer for their sins.
Would you like to escape eternal punishment? Ask Jesus Christ to come into your life and be in charge of it. Surrender yourself to him and he will exchange your sins for his righteousness.
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