Ambivalent About Burning

Afghans Protest U.S. Church’s Plan to Burn Koran on 9/11

This is how the headline on an Associated Press story carried by read. I am ambivalent about it—let me explain.

Muslim’s constantly burn the American flag in total disrespect to what America stands for. They did it on 911 to show the contempt they have for America and the 3,000 plus that died that day.

In this country the 1st Amendment protects freedom of religion and the right of free speech. Nonetheless, defining just what is “free” and, while possibly disagreeable, not obscene has become problematic. That, however, is another question for another time.

I am not sure burning Korans is the wisest thing for Dove World Outreach (DWO) could do at this time for any number of reasons and I admit I knew nothing of the ministry of Dove before today. Nevertheless, in this country they have the right to burn the Koran, laugh at Mohammed, and mock Mecca. Muslims do no less, indeed they want to see America destroyed. Do not doubt that for an instance.

But as I write this there are friends and friend’s sons in the thick of the fight in Kabul and Kandahar, Afghanistan. Inflaming the Muslims makes their job exceedingly more treacherous. Indeed, it makes our apologetic job and outreach to Muslims here at home more difficult too. Then too DWO  is doing this, ostensibly in support of Israel or as they posit on their website, “Islam is Cursed by Cursing Israel.” That at almost biblical.

Note I said almost. The scripture they refer to is part of the first discourse of the Abrahamic Covenant in Genesis 12. At this point in history Israel did not exist as a nation or people. Indeed in verse three we see that God is telling Abram, “And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse, And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” Abram’s seed was not Israel per se, it was all who come to God by true faith; “all the families of the earth.” That includes Muslims, that by faith, come to Jesus Christ and reject Allah[1], a mere idol.

So in context DWO has missed, at least in part, the true meaning of what God is saying to Abram. Then too Christ commanded His disciples to love our enemies (Luke 6:27). The case could be made that DWO is not showing love to our enemies. Jesus too was cursed (Gal. 3:13) so we might be blessed. Then again, maybe it is DWO’s way of trying to get Muslim’s attention, to tell them about the One True God. They at least have succeeded in the former, if they do not succeed in the latter.

Certain Muslims, with the blessing of Obama, decided they want to build a victory mosque at 911’s ground zero and when mainstream America objects, we are “infringing on Islam’s freedom of religion,” “I don’t think so Tim.” Again as far as inflaming Muslims, Islam has a large satanically placed chip on its shoulder, so they are inflamed at the slightest provocation anyway. Or even no provocation!

So as I write this I find I am now less ambivalent about this than when I started though my perspicacity is still clouded. My flesh says, the heck with these Satanic, in-your-face, sects of Islam. But Christ tells me to love them.

Maybe here is the solution, or a solution. Knowing what I know about Islam I should hate Islam as the mindless, Devil-devoted religion that it is, just as I believe God hates it. Cognate with this is that I must love the individual Muslim and try to find away to bring Him to Christ, because God loves him.  I am to do this even if I must become cursed for his sake and for His sake.

It is the case that, that is precisely what Dove states in their article on their website, Islam is Cursed by Cursing Israel; we are Blessed by Blessing Israel.

Yes, we are to love our enemies, I just don’t know if I can. Pray for me.

[1] No Allah is not the same God as the one true God of Christianity. For one thing Jesus Christ is rejected as being God, part of the triune Godhead, which is also rejected by Islam. Jesus was a mere prophet, like Moses and Abraham, but inferior to Mohammed (LOL).

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