A post on CNN’s Belief Blog asks how other Christians will respond to the plan to burn Qur’ans this Sept. 11. You can read the post here. What will we do? Is it enough to just inwardly disagree with this action? Is it enough even to openly criticize the pastor responsible?
There are so many problems with the Qur’an burning. It puts our troops and fellow Christians in Muslim countries at risk. Longer term, it is another reason for Muslims not to listen to the Christian message as they see us full of hatred and intolerance. The Apostle Paul was willing to tolerate a lot of things he disagreed with so that others could come to faith. There is not one good thing that will come from this Qur’an burning.
I have heard that the pastor is considering not doing the burning. We can pray that he does come to his senses. But there is much more that we can do. Why don’t we take this Sept. 11 to pray for Muslims. Yes, pray that they will understand who Jesus is. But pray for their families, pray for their children. Pray for peace in their lands. Pray for medicine and food. Pray God’s blessings upon them. Let us remind them that as Christians, we hold on to John 3:16, “For God so loved the world…”, a world that includes Muslims. Who is with me?