Rev. Terry Jones has been on my mind A LOT today. What on earth kind of idiot would think that burning the Quran would be a good idea? Where will that get us?
I heard my favorite song on the radio today while I was driving back to work. Lee Greenwood's "I'm Proud to be an American". I guess listening to this song struck a nerve in me so I decided to write this post. I know people may not always agree about religion, politics.... or music, but I have got to get this off my chest.
I truly believe that by Terry Jones doing this, it will come with a whirlwind of consequences for all American's. We aren't the most loved country to begin with, why pour salt on an open wound? It scares me that one human being could be so stupid and arrogant. He keeps talking about how people over seas have burnt down churches and killed Christians, etc. But isn't what he is planning on doing September 11th, completely against what he preaches about every Sunday in the first place? You don't want persecution against Christians in other nations, so why prosecute non-Christians here in America. He calls himself a Christian, a Reverend for that matter, yet he is going to burn religious text of Islam. What is that going to accomplish? Nothing, except put American's in danger and put our troops over seas in a world of danger. Instead of burning a book, why not reach out to the Islamic community and be a witness to those you think that are lost.? Tell them about your God. Tell them how he saved you from a life of emptiness. Tell him how your God died on the cross to save you from your sins. What is burning a book going to do? What will it help? Does Terry Jones think if he burns this Quran, that the Mosk they want to build a few blocks away from ground zero won't happen? Wake up, Mr. Jones..... It's not as simple as burning a book. If you want to be a witness for Christ, then be a witness, don't trash other people's religious views just because they are different than yours. I don't think it says anywhere in the Bible that you should go burning Quran's if people don't believe in the same God that you do. Rather, the Bible says:
Matthew 28:19, 20 - “Go there fore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Mark 16:15 - And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Terry Jones, what you are doing as selfish. "The Flag Still Stands for Freedom" (Lee Greenwood). That is freedom of speech, I understand. But also freedom from religious persecution. Don't be the person you are preaching against. Be the person God intended for you to be. Be his witness, not a book burner.