Coach Dave Daubenmire
September 16, 2010
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Exodus 20:5-6
I have watched with a great deal of curiosity the feeding frenzy created by the White House regarding the burning of the Quran by a pastor in Florida. I am always leery of where it is the media is trying to take me.
First of all, they want us to know that Pastor Terry Jones shepherds a “small congregation” in Gainesville, Florida, as if behavior is validated by the number of followers that one has. Evidently Joel Osteen’s version of the Gospel is better than Pastor Jones’ because he has such a large following. I’m sure that Pastor Osteen would never do such a “hateful” thing.
You certainly realize that this whole event was driven by the White House, don’t you? Don’t you find it troubling that the President, Hillary, Eric Holder, General Petreaus, and Robert Gates weighed in on this insignificant Pastor’s behavior? Why would they choose to blow oxygen on that small pyre? The President ignores appeals for his birth certificate but speaks out on a small-potatoes pastor? Tell me you are not that stupid.
It didn’t happen by accident. I would say that there is a direct connection to the Ground Zero Mosque and the White House’s attempt to show us how intolerant Christianity is.
“You see now don’t you? Christians can be radical too…but they don’t represent all of Christianity. It is a “fringe” group. Most Christians are moderate and tolerant.”
Do me a favor. Reread that last sentence and substitute “Muslim” everywhere you see “Christian.” That is the agenda. Except they fail to point out that a radical Christian is willing to die for his faith, while a radial Muslim wants to kill for his. The actions of radical Christians and the actions of radical Muslims bear no resemblance.
And of course the “ moderate” Christians always jump into the media trap. They fall all over each other to let the world know that “lunatic” Pastor Terry Jones does not represent “their” Christianity. Whatever that means…
But that is the heart of the problem…”their” Christianity. Too many have remade God in their image. Sadly, there are many different versions of Christianity in the world today, and each one claims to speak for God…most a figment of their imagination of Jesus.
Let me ask you a troubling question that perhaps you haven’t had the courage to ask yourself.
What if God really did tell Pastor Jones to burn the Quran? (Pardon me while I borrow a question from the leftists) “Who are you to judge Pastor Jones?” Hmm?
Certainly you can see that all of this media manipulation is an attempt to herd the sheep towards the gospel of John Lennon.
Imagine there’s no heaven. It’s easy if you try. No Hell below us. Above us only sky. Imagine all the people, living life in peace. You may say that I am a dreamer. But I’m not the only one. I hope some day you will join us. And the world can live as one.
As I listened to a “moderate Christian” talk show host this morning speak for Christianity and its virtues, (among the most important was “respect” and “tolerance” for “other religions” and especially their “holy books”) I couldn’t help but ask myself a piecing question.
Does Jesus respect and tolerate other religions?
In fact, this self-identified Methodist talker informed his listeners that a follower of Jesus would never show such disrespect to another person’s religion. I couldn’t help but wonder what he thought Jesus had died for. Vain philosophies.
Did Jesus die to merely share the platform with the other religious headliners? Are His followers supposed to put Muhammad, Buddha and the boys on equal footing with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?
Does Jesus respect Islam? Would a follower of Jesus every burn a book? The talk-show host said no. Most Christians say no. Ever wonder what the Bible says?
Randall Terry recently wrote:
Throughout the Old and New Testaments, fire is a sign of the judgment of God. Fire came down on Sodom and Gomorrah; Moses burned the golden calf; Joshua burned cities in Canaan; God ordered enemy chariots and “sacred” pagan idols to be burned in fire; Elijah called fire down to consume military men who came to capture him; when Israel forsook God, God brought the Babylonians to burn Jerusalem – including its palaces and Solomon’s temple – to the ground.
Christ said, “Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire….” (Matt. 3:10) and "I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled!” (Luke 12:49)
In Acts 19, Paul orchestrated the burning of books on witchcraft which “mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.”
I guess, as followers of Jesus, the issue we are going to have to come to grips with is whether or not Jesus was who He said He was. If the Bible is true, then Islam is a lie. If the Bible is true, Darwin was a fool. If the Bible is true, there are no other “holy” books. If the Bible is true…
Would you object to the burning of the Satanic Bible, or are Christians supposed to “respect” and “tolerate” it as well? Which “holy” book has led more people to hell...the Satanic Bible or the Quran? Sorry…please don’t cut off my head…just asking.
Would Jesus respect the Satanic Bible? Does Jesus respect the Quran?
Secularism has crept into our churches. Most Christians judge behavior by secular standards.
Standing up for Jesus in the public square has become “intolerant” and certainly no “good Christian” would want to violate that most important of all secular-commandments.
WWJT…What Would Jesus Tolerate…that is the question Christians should be asking ourselves.
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Exodus 20
No other gods…I guess there are other gods beside Jesus…and He made His position on them very clear.
Here is the point. If “religion” is merely to be used as a set of values by which we live our lives, then I suppose it doesn’t matter which one you choose. But if heaven and hell are real, and there really is life beyond this world, then “religion” takes on a whole new perspective. Christianity is not a popularity contest and it is certainly more than a life-enhancing philosophy.
If the Bible is true, then all other roads lead to hell. Christianity has a cross at one end and an empty tomb at the other.
Jesus was very intolerant…I AM THE WAY…NO OTHER GODS. Would Jesus burn a Quran? I don’t know…but He does promise to burn souls.
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And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Rev. 20.
I think it is time Christians stopped worrying so much about being nice and started being honest.
Does Jesus respect Islam or is He jealous? It would behoove us to know the correct answer.
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