Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Infecting Others by Burning the Quran

Sometimes I wonder if being a Christian is the right choice for me. More often than not, most Christian people rub me the wrong way, in means of either pushing my buttons or judging everyone about what they ‘should do’, or more so, what they shouldn’t be doing. They’re more focused on the sins of other people, I guess perhaps to save their souls, however I do believe it’s a self-serving agenda that makes these “Christians” so high and mighty, leaving them to believe that they are simply playing the role of God. If someone of the Christian or Trinity based religion had so much faith, then why don’t they believe that all Christians alike will be saved, and have been saved through Christ Himself? Think about other religions, such as Islam. Most Americans seem to compare the “terrorizing demonic” types of Muslims (extremists) -- but there are Christian Fundamentalists who are terrorizing fear mongers themselves. It goes both ways. In the Bible, Matthew 22:36-40, it tells Christians that the greatest commandment of the law is to love your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. That is the first and greatest commandment. The second is, love your neighbor as yourself. Your neighbor may be a Muslm.

Rev. Terry Jones of Gainesville, Florida, plans on burning the Quran this Sept. 11th. This doesn't display what Jesus would have done. He is demonstrating hatred, intolerance and most of all, revenge for what Muslim extremists have done. He’s not only demonstrating revenge, but he’s deeply hurting people around the world by disrespecting their God -- their “free will” as Jesus put it, to believe in another higher power. What right does Rev. Terry Jones have by burning the Quran? Ah, well freedom of speech saves him, but will the rest of the world save him? He’s not only endangering himself, but he’s doing the very thing that all terrorists do: he’s giving ordinary, innocent Christian believers a bad name.

May I remind Rev. Terry Jones of this scripture in “his” Bible?

"You were getting along so well. Who has interfered with you to hold you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom. But it takes only one wrong person among you to infect all the others—a little yeast spreads quickly through the whole batch of dough! I am trusting the Lord to bring you back to believing as I do about these things. God will judge that person, whoever it is, who has been trouble and confusing you." ~Galatians 5:7-10

I am sure that by Rev. Terry’s actions, it will soon trickle into other people’s actions, leaving us in a deep, destructive and more of a chaotic world by burning the Quran.

Another message for Rev. Terry Jones, perhaps one more scripture from “his” Bible, may I remind him of this:

“Accept Christians (or people of other religions) who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong. For instance, one person believes it is all right to eat anything. But another believer who has a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables. Those who think it is all right to eat anything must not look down on those who won’t. And those who won’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them. Who are you to condemn God’s servants? They are responsible to the Lord, so let him tell them whether they are right or wrong. The Lord’s power will help them do as they should. In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. Each person should have a personal conviction about this matter.” ~Romans 14:1-5

Or better yet, What Would Jesus Do? He probably has a bumper sticker with the “WWJD” plastered on it. It’s amazing what religious people will do in order to get their message across. As I’ve said before, I am against the mosque being built near ground zero, out of the respect and avoidance of conflict, so that people can pray in peace to whatever god they worship, not because they’re of a different religion or what other extremists have done to us. If Rev. Terry Jones is so strong in his faith, then he should turn the other cheek when other people around the globe step on his flag, burns his bible or disrespects his religion. He should not seek revenge for what other terrorists have done. There are innocent people at stake and I truly believe he is going upon pure impulse due to his anger.

Sometimes I think Christianity isn’t such a peaceful religion after all. “... it takes only one wrong person among you to infect all the others.”