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.

Radical Christianity?

6 thoughts on “Radical Christianity?

  • September 10, 2010 at 7:11 am
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    Great post Whitney. So good to see a reasoned, and Godly response to this awful affair.

    I heard an Imam Musri on the radio this morning and was moved by his humility and concern for peace. There is a man who is living out his faith. The contrast couldn't be more stark against the hate of Terry Jones.

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  • September 11, 2010 at 3:08 pm
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    Bonhoeffer Quote: “Love asks nothing in return, but seeks those who need it. And who needs our love more than those who are consumed with hatred and are utterly devoid of love? Who in other words deserves our love more than our enemy? Where is love more glorified than where she dwells in the midst of her enemies?”

    We need to pray for Terry Jones and for ourselves that we don't get sucked into hating haters.

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  • September 26, 2010 at 12:22 am
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    Well said, Whitney. It appears that the prayers of God's people were answered in that the planned burning did not go ahead. I so like the idea of reading the Bible instead!

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  • September 27, 2010 at 11:42 pm
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    Bonhoeffer Quote:”Love asks nothing in return, but seeks those who need it.”

    Just because Bonehoffer said it, it does not make it so.

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  • January 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm
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    There is a world wide group dedicated to the public reading of God's Word. It is called Project Ezra. I've been participating in it for about 18 months. It is a true blessing to go to the park or a street corner and read the Bible.
    http://projectezra.blogspot.com/

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  • June 5, 2011 at 3:40 am
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    As a citizen of Gainesville I have been in contact with this situation from the beginning. It is a wild time that we live in. I foresee this as being an event leading into the reign of the The Antichrist. The chaos of this world is growing rapidly.

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