I have a suggestion for Terry Jones. He’s the Florida preacher with a flock of 50 who’s gotten worldwide attention for threatening to burn copies of the Koran on September 11. Everyone’s on his case for stirring up trouble. But the way I see it, Pastor Jones has a golden opportunity to do something really radical.
Instead of burning the Koran, why not publicly read the Bible? No one does that anymore. Good old Pastor Jones could read from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Or he might select from Paul’s letter to the Galatians, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Boy oh boy, would that shock people.
And here’s another shocker. I’ll bet you agree with Pastor Jones on one thing: you’re frustrated and alarmed by the very real danger of terrorism in our world today. Me too. But here’s the question: what’s the right response, especially for those who claim to be followers of Jesus? Is it burning Korans and packing heat like Pastor Jones? I don’t think so. The best thing any group of Christians could do on September 11, or any other day, would be to faithfully read and live out the life-changing message of the Bible. But then, you won’t get on TV for doing that.