While the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, FL proceeds with its plans to burn the Quran on 9/11, some “Christian” leaders are complaining about the congregation’s plans. Among the Christian groups who have expressed opposition to burning the Qurans is the National Council of Churches (NCC) and the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE).
The NCC feels that the anti-Muslim mentality is “out of fear and a misunderstanding of the true nature of Islam.” The NCC also claims in its statement that the Florida church is “[m]isguided or confused about the love of neighbor by which Christ calls us to live… Such open acts of hatred are not a witness to Christian faith. They contradict the ministry of Christ and the witness of the church in the world.”
The NAE released its statement claiming that Dove World Outreach Center’s plans “work against a just and peaceful society,” and that they “show disrespect for our Muslim neighbors and would exacerbate tensions between Christians and Muslims throughout the world.”
Meanwhile protests throughout the Muslim world are taking place with the usual chants of “Death to America” and “Long live Islam” while they call for jihad and burn the U.S. flag. But, of course, no one is trying (or has ever tried) to silence their chants or actions.
The Florida church continues to reiterate that “We are using this act to warn about the teaching and ideology of Islam, which we do hate as it is hateful. We do not hate any people, however. We love, as God loves, all the people in the world and we want them to come to a knowledge of the truth. To warn of danger and harm is a loving act.”
Both the NCC and the NAE are known for criticizing evangelicals when evangelicals do not subscribe to their liberal leanings. At heart, these organizations are universalists and believe that all religions lead to one god even though they (mis)use the name of Christ. The NCC and NAE have also joined other groups in their criticism of the protests against the mosque near Ground Zero claiming that protesting Islam in any way, shape, or form hurts Christians in Muslim countries.
However, they seem to miss the fact that Christians have always been persecuted and brutalized in Muslim countries–long before these latest controversies came along. Despite this well-known fact, the NCC, NAE, and other critics (including the mainstream media) don’t speak out as loudly when anti-Christian expressions or anti-Christian violence occurs.
Why do these people criticize expressions against Islam? They do it for several reasons:
- Some “Christians” believe that Islam, like Judaism and Christianity, is a religion based on Abrahamic covenant and as such should be respected. But they ignore the fact that Islam claims that Ishmael, not Isaac, is the son that received God’s blessings and is Abraham’s only true heir. This belief is false and has nothing to do with God’s covenant with Abraham.
- They are unaware of or they ignore the Koran’s statements that it is okay to enslave non-Muslims, force them into “islam” (a word that means “submission”), or kill non-Muslims who don’t comply.
- They are afraid that if Muslims are offended, the help they will need from Muslims to fulfill their own self-serving goals will be jeopardized.
- They fear Muslims for the simple fact the Muslims get violent when they don’t get their way. Although violent Muslims are in the minority presently, this minority has a no-holds barred view to violence which seeks to do the most damage it can.
- They want Islam to be accepted in their steps toward the one-world religion they are trying to establish as part of the one-world government. Since Islam condones the use of violence against its enemies, they know that this use of violence will be useful to their purposes sometime in the future.
The planned burning of Qurans and the opposition to the burnings takes me back to the book of Acts, reminding me of two incidents from that book. One incident is where a book burning took place and books on sorcery and witchcraft were burned–
And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed. [Acts 19:18-20]
The other incident is where the pagan Demetrius and his fellow tradesmen, who were enriched by people worshiping the goddess Diana, sparked a riot against Paul and his companions for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ because they felt threatened by it–
Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands: So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth. And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians. And the whole city was filled with confusion… [Acts 19:26-29]
These scriptures show that burning the books of false religion went along with the spread and prevalence of the word of God in people’s lives. It was the denunciation of pagan beliefs and the counting of all earthly things as loss for the excellency and knowledge of Christ Jesus the Lord. Rioting and demonstrations against Christ’s gospel sparked by the preaching of God’s word is a sign of hatred against Christians and the fomenting of fear. So who is really on the side of truth when it comes to the mosque near Ground Zero and the Quran burnings in Florida?
Source: Joshua A. Goldberg, Christian Leaders Repeat Calls to Halt 9/11 Qu’ran Burnings, ChristianPost.com, Sept. 6, 2010.
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–