I’m returning from my Holy-Spirit induced hiatus (just for a moment) to briefly offer my sage wisdom (or snarky observations, if you prefer) about one of the hottest topics floating around Christiandom these days…Rev. Weird Mustache (known by his formal “government name”: Terry Jones) and his attempt at 21st century “evangelism” – burning Qurans (or Korans…or Muslim “holy books”…or whatever).
We can go on and on about how the Quran preaches hate against all non-Muslims (as mentioned more recently in a detailed article posted by the Christian Apologetics Research Ministry), and how “tolerant” most Americans (including the mainstream media) are concerning Islamic matters versus Christian matters. In fact, someone on Twitter recently commented that it’s safer to be a Quran in America than an unborn child (ouch!).
Also, I know my own declarations against the Cult of Muhammad, the Cult of Mary, and other religions that deify anyone other than God through Jesus Christ alone don’t make me the posterchild for religious tolerance. My protestations, however, appeal to the core of the Christian faith: that salvation and reconnection to God our Father can only come through salvation through His Son – and the shed Blood that served as propitiation for our sins.
Which leads me back to Rev. Strange ‘Stache and the case of the (potentially) smoking holy books:
Is this guy glorifying God?
Is he declaring that Christ is the only door to salvation and right relationship with God?
Is he presenting the simple (yet profound) truths of the bible in clear-minded contrast to what the Quran teaches?
Of course not – this nut is simply drawing attention to himself by holding the mainstream media in limbo with his “will I/won’t I” publicity stunt. This guy is barely above the seeker-sensitive “Jesus is my homeboy” crowd (except he has a ratty rental truck with a cheap sign…and a book of matches).
If you’re going to be near Gatorland this weekend, please tell (or remind) Rev. ‘Stache of how we are supposed to draw attention to Christ – and not ourselves – in proclaiming His Word to the world:
1 Peter 3:15-16 (New American Standard Bible)
15but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 16and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.
Now I know I’m not the most “gentle” and “reverent” defender of the faith here in the blogosphere (or on the street, for that matter), but intentionally seeking to stir controversy by burning books isn’t the best way to draw attention to Christ…unless Rev. ‘Stache is more interested in drawing attention to his small band of “believers” instead.