“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God” – 1 Cor 10:31-32
Back in September of 2010, Florida pastor Terry Jones threatened to burn a Quran on what he termed “International Burn a Koran Day” (we wrote about the issue at the time). After originally backing down, he went through with his threats recently and burned a Quran.
As we noted back then, it seems to serve no purpose for a Christian to burn a Quran. Does it bring anyone to faith in Christ? I think the answer is “no” – so I see little purpose from a religious standpoint. Is it defended as free speech? Yes, and it ought to be – but I’m not so concerned here about Terry Jones and his fundamental rights as an American citizen – but what we, followers of Christ, ought to be doing.
My concern is incitement. In two days of Afghanistan riots, 20 people are dead (story here). Is Terry Jones responsible for these deaths? No. The murderers are responsible for the deaths, there’s no way around it. And yet, had he not burned the book, those 20 people may well still be alive.
You see, there are Christians living in Muslim countries around the world. They are patiently enduring oppression while serving the Lord. When freer-than-free American preachers choose to burn a book to make a point, it is those brothers and sisters in foreign lands who get their heads knocked around … or off in this case. It is beyond insensitive – to those Christians – to burn a Quran and make them suffer the fire for it.