This entry is somewhat out of my election theme; but this event will be publicized as 9-11 draws closer and I would like to make this space available for comments to oppose the event.
A pastor Terry Jones at Dove World Outreach Center in Florida is planning to have an international “Burn a Quran Day”.
I wrote my appeal to him at his website and on his blog. http://www.doveworld.org
Pastor Jones and elders,
I call on you Pastor Jones and all who support this plan to burn the book of Quran to cancel the plan and rethink your premises.
You may think that you have all the righteous reasons to do so. But do you know the harm, ill will, repercussions, vengeance this publicity will cause in Muslims who revere their Book?
You know the history of Islam extremists well. You wrote a book on Muslims. Why do you deliberately provoke them? What purpose will the demonstration of burning serve? It will be like a declaration of war against them.
You may say that you hate the things said in the Quran but not Muslims, but Muslims see you as spewing hatred against them, no matter how you explain away.
The reasons you cited above (10 reasons to burn the Quran) tell of truth and fallacies. But God gives people free will to seek and accept the truth about Him. He paid the ransom for our sins by sending Jesus to atone for our sins. But salvation is never forced upon people.
We should be concerned about people accepting the gospel of love and salvation, but we cannot be self-righteous to alienate those who do not accept.
A public book burning of Quran is a demonstration of attitudes of disrespect, humiliation, ridicule and provocation to the Muslim people. By this act, the message of the gospel, of love and peace, is ill-served.
Paul said, we can do all things; but not everything is profitable, helpful to others.
Standing up for justice and truth is right. Blind tolerance of untruths is wrong. But deliberate act to effect hostility is un-Christianly.
God sent Jesus as the prince of Peace to reconcile us with Him and among one another.
May God guide you with love and wisdom for His name’s sake.
It has been said so often that peace loving Muslims should denounce terrorism; the same should go for Christians who disagree with actions as un-Christianly and unwise as this event to speak up.
I hope this is a forum for you to do so. You do not need to show your identity, and it is easy to access this blog.
Better yet, please write to him directly.