In spite of calls from various Christian leaders and even our commanding general from the Army, Pastor Terry Jones of the 50-member Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., will continue with his plans to burn copies of the Koran on Saturday. The pastor of a small, evangelical church in Florida on Tuesday rebuffed a plea for restraint from Gen. David H. Petraeus, who warned that a plan to burn the Muslim holy book could provoke
violence against American troops and citizens overseas.
Let’s discount for a second the reasoned pleas from leaders across the spectrum about the stupidity of the event. For the life of me, I just can’t find in the Bible where Jesus calls us to burn the books from other religions. Plus, can we talk about the black eye this gives Christians everywhere? And when it comes to evangelism, does Pastor Jones really believe that burning their holy book will cause Muslims to come running to accept Jesus as their Saviour?
I don’t know if he’s driven by a desperate need for publicity, or is just plain immune to reason. But either way, this doesn’t represent Christianity in any form. Just when I think pastors are getting it when it comes to engaging the culture, someone like this steps up to the plate.
I’m sure he means well, but it’s bonehead thinking all around…