That title’s meant literally. Seems there’s a non-denominational church in Florida that wants to makes a statement about Islam, and its chosen method is to burn copies of the Koran. The National Association of Evangelicals has asked that it reconsider. According to the Christian Post:
The nation’s largest evangelical body is urging the Florida church behind “International Burn A Quran Day” to cancel its plans.
Plans to burn Islam’s holy book on the ninth anniversary of Sept. 11 shows “disrespect” for Muslims and would only “exacerbate tensions” in Christian-Muslim relations worldwide, stated the National Association of Evangelicals on Thursday.
“It sounds like the proposed Quran burning is rooted in revenge,” said NAE President Leith Anderson, in a statement. “Yet the Bible says that Christians should ‘make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else’ (I Thessalonians 5:15).”
Dove World Outreach Center, a non-denominational church in Gainesville, Fla., recently announced it will host a Quran burning event on its church property in observance of the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to warn Americans about the dangers of Islam.
In an interview with The Christian Post this week, Senior Pastor Dr. Terry Jones explained, “We only did it because we felt there needed to be an outcry against Islam, because Islam is presenting itself as a religion of peace.”
I hope Rev. Anderson is praying for a miracle, because that’s the only way these people are going to be stopped from doing something titanically stupid. How do I know? You can tell by who they hang with:
The Dove World Outreach Center has a history of provocative public protests against what it considers sins. In the past, it has put up a sign on its property reading, “Islam is of the Devil,” and has joined the extremist Westboro Baptist Church in protesting homosexuality. Its purpose, as the church explains on its website, is to get Christians to stand up for the truth of the Bible.
I didn’t think there was any church in America willing to get down in the slime with Westboor. Apparently the people at the misnamed “Dove” church are determined to do for Christian opposition to the errors of Islam what Fred Phelps and the Kids have sought to do for Christian moral teaching on homosexual behavior–bring it into complete disrepute in the larger society.
The NAE is right to oppose this, but expressions like “disrespect” and “exacerbate tensions” just don’t get it done. Leith Anderson should be willing to say it straight: this “church” is no part of the Body of Christ, and what it is doing is disgusting.