Wednesday, September 8, 2010

How should we respond??


There has been a lot of coverage and publicity surrounding a handful of people who are planning to burn the Qur'an on Saturday September 11. Until all of the attention, not many people had ever heard of this pastor, nor his world outreach center. While I believe would should not give this more attention than it deserves, I also think he is not walking in the way of Christ, nor speaking on behalf of a majority of Christ followers.

This situation reminds me of an episode of the Waltons. The scene was from season 5 and the episode was titled "The Fire Storm". It was during World War II and an anti-German sentiment was growing in and around Walton Mountain. A group, led by the local pastor, decided to burn a copy of Mein Kampfe, as well as any other book printed in German, that they could find. As the pastor was readying himself to throw some books on the fire, John Boy could nor longer take it anymore. He stood, and scream at the mob to make them stop. He then pulled a book out of the pile to be burned and ask a woman in the crowd, how could speak German, to read an excerpt out the book. First she read the passage in German: "Im Anfang schuf Gott Himmel und Erde. Und die Erde war wüst und leer, und Finsternis war über der Tiefe. Und der Geist Gottes schwebte auf der Fläche der Wasser..." She then translated it into English: "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters…" That's right, they were about to burn the Bible. John Boy's response put what they were doing into a whole new perspective.

I have heard and read that we should respond with "turn the other cheek" or the Golden Rule. I could add to this, "Love your neighbor as yourself". I think we should love others, as God loves them.

I was given one idea, a response to this "church" in Gainsville Florida, that can put what they are doing into a whole new perspective. Each and every Christian should join together and pray for rain in Gainsville on Saturday. May the heavens open up and may God's rain douse the flames of hatred.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you. Judy M.

Anonymous said...

Amen

jill said...

Well written Bill. We are so blessed to serve a God of love who is not weak, but just.