I had a conversation today on Facebook with a brother Christian about Acts 19, which describes the burning of magic books, and the recent threat to burn Qur’ans. I was going to post my comments here, but I came across a better presentation on the Stand to Reason blog. You can read the post here. I would like to add that if one really wants to get rid of Qur’ans, we should continue reading in Acts 19.
“About that time there arose no little disturbance concerning the Way. For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought no little business to the craftsmen. These he gathered together, with the workmen in similar trades, and said, “Men, you know that from this business we have our wealth. And you see and hear that not only in Ephesus but in almost all of Asia this Paul has persuaded and turned away a great many people, saying that gods made with hands are not gods. And there is danger not only that this trade of ours may come into disrepute but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis may be counted as nothing, and that she may even be deposed from her magnificence, she whom all Asia and the world worship.”” (Acts 19:23–27 ESV)
Imagine if the church was so effective in reaching out to Muslims that publishers of the Qur’an could not find anyone to buy their books. Now that is an application of Acts 19!